05/13/2015 12:24 EDT | Updated 05/13/2016 05:59 EDT

IKEA To Open Its First 'Pick-Up-Point' Store In London, Ont.

FILE - This is a Wednesday, June 18, 2008 file photo of the Ikea logo is shown on the side of the warehouse-sized store during the grand opening of New York City's first Ikea. Ikea has a message for people wanting to converge on its stores for giant games of hide and seek: Go play someplace else. The phenomenon has taken off online in the Netherlands where a whopping 19,000 people signed up to a Facebook group promoting a game at Ikea's Amsterdam branch next month. Another 13,000 signed up for a game in the Ikea store in the city of Utrecht. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

IKEA Canada will open its first pick-up-point store in London, Ont., the company announced at a news conference Wednesday at London City Hall.

IKEA President Stefan Sjöstrand said more Canadian locations will be announced Thursday.

The London location will open at Wonderland Road and Southdale Road in late fall of early winter and will employ about 20 people.

IKEA says 75,000 people shop on the company's website and now customers can order online and pick up their items at the new London location.

At the London location, customers will also be able to buy services to support their purchases, sit at a computer station to browse to make online purchases, as well as having access to a limited assortment of products available for immediate takeaway.

IKEA currently has 12 full-fledged stores across Canada.

"The ambition is to make IKEA more accessible to the many Canadians." Sjöstrand said in a statement. "The Pick-Up-Points allow IKEA to expand quickly into markets that have been identified as having potential, resulting in consumers having easier access to our products." 

IKEA said in a statement the pick-up-point location will reduce delivery times and costs for customers.

"This is fantastic news for London. The Southwestern Ontario region will be well served by this Pick-Up-Point location — the first of its kind in North America," London Mayor Matt Brown said in a statement. "Our city has been chosen to test new products, concepts and service delivery models for decades. Londoners have been looking forward to welcoming IKEA here for many years and now we look forward to watching it grow." 

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