IKEA Retail U.S. announced it will temporarily close all 50 store locations across the nation and the IKEA Planning Studio in Manhattan. IKEA leadership chose to close as a pre-cautionary measure against the coronavirus outbreak. The U.S. stores still will offer online shopping with home delivery or Click & Collect at select locations.
“Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures. This is the most responsible way IKEA can continue to care for our co-workers and our customers in a manner that is healthy and safe,” stated Javier Quiñones, IKEA Retail U.S. President. “We are taking our role in containing this epidemic seriously, and we recognize the positive impact our actions could have on making life better for the millions of people who have been impacted by this crisis.”
IKEA did not confirm when stores will reopen. While the stores are closed, IKEA plans to support its 18,000 employees through its paid-leave policy and a comprehensive benefits package.
IKEA has announced temporary closures in other nations heavily impacted by the virus, as well, including Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland.
Since the virus in China is now improving, IKEA stores in China are gradually being reopened.