IKEA’s Canadian expansion took another step forward this summer, as the furniture giant opened a total of five new Collection Points -- three in British Columbia and one in both New Brunswick and Saskatchewan.
IKEA Collection Points are not full-size IKEA stores, but serve as pick-up locations where shoppers can have online orders of any size held for pick-up for a flat-rate fee.
The three new Collection Points in British Columbia are located at 2255 Norris Road South in Kelowna, 4386 Boban Drive in Nanaimo and 2205 Keating Cross Road in Victoria. These are the first Collection Points to open in British Columbia and each charge a flat-rate fee of $79.00 for online orders of any size.
The new Collection Point in New Brunswick is located at 1930 Hall Court in Bathurst. This location charges a flat-rate fee of $59.00 for online orders and is the fourth Collection Point to open in New Brunswick, with locations already established in Fredericton, Moncton and Saint John.
This past June, IKEA opened a Collection Point at 525 12th Avenue East in Regina. This Collection Point charges a flat-rate fee of $79.00 for online orders and is the second Collection Point in Saskatchewan, with a location already established in Saskatoon.
While shipping fees are pricey, IKEA Collection Points are aimed at shoppers who would otherwise need to travel a significant distance to visit an IKEA store or pay an exorbitant fee for home delivery -- the average home delivery fee for online orders in these regions is about $170.00. Collection Points act as a middle-ground where shoppers have the option to pay a cheaper shipping rate and save on travel expenses, especially useful with large orders like an entire kitchen or multiple pieces of furniture.
IKEA now has a total of 12 full-size stores, 14 Collection Points and six Pick-up and Order Points in Canada. These new Collection Points are part of IKEA's ambitious plan to double their footprint in Canada by 2025, which includes opening new full-size stores in Halifax this fall and Québec City in summer 2018.