Ikea Canada adds Fredericton to collection points in N.B.

Ikea Canada is launching five new collection points in the Atlantic region, including one in Fredericton at 65 McKenzie Road.

Earlier this year, Ikea announced that Moncton and Saint John would get collection points, where customers pick up merchandise ordered online to save on shipping fees.

Now people can shop online for Ikea home furnishings and have them delivered to the Fredericton collection point for a $59 fee. Ikea said this is significantly less than the average home delivery fee of $155.

"We're happy that there's been a very positive reaction to Moncton and Saint John Collection Points since they launched in January," said ​Amanda Fitzpatrick, spokesperson for Ikea Canada. "And we're continually reviewing ways that will enable us to become more accessible to our Canadian customers."

Fredericton Mayor, Mike O'Brien said he was pleased with the announcement.

After the announcement about Moncton and Saint John, he contacted the company to find out why the capital city had not been considered.

"They assured me it was simply a case of securing the right partner and location, and that they were actively working the file," O'Brien said in an email.

O'Brien said the collection point will bring more competition into the city.

"Even though this is a collection point, not a retail outlet, it shows that large firms have their sights set on our city," he said. "This brings competition, but I am sure our local home furnishing and decor stores will continue to have solid support from residents."

Sameday Worldwide is the third-party service provider for the collection points.

"Our ambition is to become more accessible to as many Canadians as possible," Liz Wilson, vice-president of Ikea Canada, said in a news release.

The company also announced collection points in Charlottetown, New Glasgow, Sydney and St. John's. 

Fitzpatrick said that a collection point doesn't mean the city is ineligible for an actual store.

Ikea plans to open a store in Halifax in the fall.