The Swedish giant IKEA opens its store in Quebec city. The other site of the dealer in Montreal and Boucherville, however, remain closed.
On Tuesday, IKEA announced on its website the recovery of its operations in Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, and Quebec city. These properties have consisted of more customers since the march 18.
On may 4, even if he had the permission of the provincial government, the retailer had chosen not to open the doors of its store in the national capital, in order to “take the time to put in place the necessary measures to ensure a warm and safe”.
In order to limit the risk of the spread of the COVID-19, the restaurant and the playground for kids at the stores will remain closed. The bistro IKEA only open to serve dishes to take away.
“As we begin to re-open stores, our top priority remains the health and safety of our employees, our customers and the communities we serve,” said Michael Ward, CEO and a director of sustainable development at IKEA Canada.
No mask required
Following the safety measures, the number of visitors per store will be limited to, spacing guidelines physical will need to be met and the baskets should be disinfected. Protective equipment, such as gloves and masks, will be provided to employees.
IKEA says in an email that the executive does not require, “for the moment”, that the clients wear masks when they shop.
IKEA also asks consumers to “plan their purchases, to verify the availability of stocks on chf IKEA.ca” and to consider “shopping off-peak hours or at a later date if the need is not pressing”.
To avoid the long waiting time, the retailer also encourages customers to take advantage of its return policy of 365 days and return the products to us at a later time.
IKEA Canada is part of the Group Ingka foundation, which operates 374 stores in 30 countries, including 14 in Canada.
The end of last week, the government announced that the shops of non-essential having a door to the outside in the greater Montreal area will reopen on may 25.
For its part, IKEA says have not yet decided on a date for the opening of its shops in Montreal and Boucherville.