IKEA is reportedly set to reopen its UK stores within the next 12 days.
The Daily Mail has reported this morning that the Swedish furniture giant is planning to reopen all stores across the country later this month.
This potential reopening sees IKEA follow in the footsteps of other DIY chains, Homebase and B&Q, which have already opened their doors to the public.
Sources are suggesting the proposed reopening date of 18th May for the 18 IKEA stores in the UK and Ireland, but this has not yet been officially confirmed by the company itself.
IKEA made the decision to close all stores in the UK & Ireland amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic back on 20th March.
A formal statement by the company released at the time of the closures read: "IKEA UK & Ireland today announced that, as a precautionary measure against the ongoing risk of COVID-19, it will temporarily close its stores to customers at 6pm on Friday 20 March."
"In line with recommendations from local authorities, IKEA had already put additional precautionary measures in place, including the closure of its restaurants, cafes and bistros; enhanced cleaning routines; and the closure of its outside playground facilities."
"Customers will continue to be able to shop online at IKEA.co.uk and have products delivered directly to their homes."
"They will be able to request contact-free deliveries if they prefer."
2/3 You will continue to be able to browse and purchase our range online or through the app, and have our products delivered directly to you. You will also be able to request a contact-free delivery if you prefer.— IKEA UK (@IKEAUK) March 19, 2020
"People are at the heart of the IKEA business and the retailer is committed to supporting its co-workers in the best possible way during this complex and fast-evolving situation."
"IKEA looks forward to welcoming customers back to its stores soon and thanks customers for their understanding during these extraordinary circumstances."
IKEA is yet to formally confirm whether or not stores will be reopening, on what date and which stores will potentially be in contention.
More to follow.