IKEA in Norwich sees shoppers queue as it reopens

02 Juin, 2020, 03:18 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau

"Crazy" lines of eager shoppers have been seen queuing outside Ikea - the furniture giant - across England and N. Ireland as the popular Swedish store reopened its doors for the first time since shutting for the Covid-19 lockdown.

Aerial photos show hundreds of customers queuing around the block in the stifling heat to get into the shops in Nottingham, Reading and Essex today as the Government urged the country to act "sensibly" amid restrictions being eased.

IKEA has been providing a home delivery service throughout lockdown. One commenter suggested that people in the Northern Irish capital found Ikea's canteen food just too irresistible to wait around for, tweeting: "Belfast has really missed those IKEA meatballs, huh?".

Peter Jelkeby, Ikea's United Kingdom and Ireland chief executive, said: 'We're looking forward to warmly welcoming customers and co-workers back into our stores from 1st June.

The mum-of-one, from Great Bridge, West Midlands, said: "I couldn't believe my eyes when I arrived".

By mid-morning the queues to get into the store were reportedly two hours long, not including the time to get in and out of the vehicle park.

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'A couple of people had been here since 5.30am. "I've been waiting for this day for a long time".

Adding: "Everything seems to have gone up in price online and you can't beat Ikea for a good bargain".

Shoppers waited in line for hours to get in.

The 29-year-old said: "I brought along a camping chair as I thought everybody would be flocking here today".

"But it's been orderly chaos so far, I'm not sure if that's all going to change once I get inside".

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