IKEA Announces Toronto Downtown Store Opening Date

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Swedish home furnishing retailer IKEA has announced the opening of its first urban format store in downtown Toronto will be on May 25, 2022.

Update: Retail Insider has published a pre-opening walk-through of the new store.

The two-story 66,000 sq. ft. ‘IKEA Toronto Downtown – Aura’ is the first of its kind in Canada, which will see a smaller format store enter a downtown area. The store will be a cashless experience, which will see shoppers scan and pay for products using the IKEA app. It will also have multiple checkout lanes available on both levels.

Michael Ward

“Opening our first store in the heart of Toronto’s vibrant downtown core is an important milestone in our retail transformation to bring IKEA closer to where customers live, work, shop and socialize,” said IKEA Canada CEO and Chief Sustainability Officer Michael Ward.

“IKEA Toronto Downtown – Aura combines our home furnishing inspiration and expertise with omnichannel retail solutions in a small store format to uniquely meet the needs of downtown residents. We’re excited to welcome the local community to experience this new IKEA when we open on May 25.”

IKEA Downtown Toronto – AURA is almost ready to open: Photo: May 17, 2022 by Dustin Fuhs
IKEA Toronto Downtown – AURA (Image: Dustin Fuhs / Retail Insider)

The IKEA Toronto -Downtown Aura store will also feature a new food concept called “Swedish Deli”, offering grab & go food with the cook-at-home options available.

“People are at the heart of our business and we’re excited to welcome 150 co-workers to IKEA Toronto Downtown – Aura where they will have endless opportunities for professional growth and development,” said IKEA Toronto Downtown Market Manager Patrice Dreano. “Together, we look forward to helping create a better everyday life at home for Torontonians and providing long-term positive impacts to the local community.”

Almost ready to open: Photo: May 17, 2022 by Dustin Fuhs

This is the 15th IKEA store in Canada and will be adding to the GTA IKEA network, which includes four full-size IKEA stores, 15 Penguin Pick-up locations and eight Design Studios.

IKEA Toronto Downtown – Aura will be open from 10-9pm Monday-Sunday.

See below for more photos from the morning of Tuesday May 17th

Almost ready to open: Photo: May 17, 2022 by Dustin Fuhs
Almost ready to open: Photo: May 17, 2022 by Dustin Fuhs
Almost ready to open: Photo: May 17, 2022 by Dustin Fuhs
Almost ready to open: Photo: May 17, 2022 by Dustin Fuhs
Almost ready to open: Photo: May 17, 2022 by Dustin Fuhs

Article Author

Dustin Fuhs
Dustin Fuhs
Dustin Fuhs is the Editor-in-Chief of Retail Insider, Canada's most read retail trade publication. He has over 20 years experience in the retail, marketing, entertainment and hospitality industries. He has worked with Retail Insider since October 2020 in a number of roles, including associate publisher of the Retail Insider magazine. Dustin was named as Editor-in-Chief of Retail Insider in 2022. Dustin was named as a RETHINK Retail Top Retail Expert in 2024.

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