The Swedish giant Ikéa was forced on Sunday January 31, 2021 to close almost all of its stores on French territory. An obligation due to the announcements made by Prime Minister Jean Castex, Friday January 29, 2021.
Shopping centers: a stricter decree than expected
On Friday January 29, 2021, in the evening, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced a tightening of measures to fight against Covid-19 and in particular the closure from Sunday January 31 of non-food shopping centers of more than 20,000 square meters. An announcement that affects almost all Ikéa stores in France and which turns out to be stricter than expected.
The Swedish giant did not expect to have to close its stores in France but the decree published Sunday, January 31 by Jean Castex following his announcements on Friday decided otherwise. Indeed, during his announcements, the Prime Minister had declared that the surface beyond which the stores should close was set at 20,000 square meters, without specifying whether it was the total area of the store or only spaces accessible to the public. A silence that gave hope to some stores.
The Ikea of Metz tries but resolves when it closes
The Ikea de La Maxe near Metz in Moselle has announced to its customers that it could remain open despite Jean Castex’s announcements. After calculations, the brand offers 18,000 square meters accessible to customers. However, it is the most complete disappointment when the decree comes out and specifies that the store must not exceed 20,000 square meters in total, that is to say commercial space but also offices and warehouses included.
A precision that forces the Ikea of La Maxe but also all the Ikea of France to close for at least a month. The only survivors were the Nice design workshop and the Vélizy store in the Yvelines. Ikéa published a message reminding its customers that delivery and Click & Collect were still working ” We will miss you but we continue to deliver your online purchases anywhere in France and offer you a ‘Click and Go’ service suitable and contactless when possible. We invite you to check if this service is offered in your store by consulting the list of our stores. Take care of yourself “.