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Ikea to close stores

IkeafrontIkea is to close all of its UK and Irish stores later today.

Its branches will close at 6pm.

‘These are extraordinary times, and our absolute priority is to ensure the health and safety of our customers and co-workers. We have listened carefully to them, to the advice of the UK and Ireland governments, and have been closely monitoring the situation as this evolves. This is the right decision for us to take at this point. We look forward to welcoming our customers back to our stores in the future,’ says Peter Jelkeby, Ikea country retail manager.

The chain had previously closed its restaurants, cafes, bistros and outdoor playground facilities.

Customers will continue to be able to shop online and able to request contact-free deliveries if they prefer.