HUGE queues and traffic jams greeted the reopening of Warrington’s IKEA store for the first time since lockdown.
The Swedish homeware giant announced their plans to reopen stores last week, following the new government lockdown guidelines with all stores implementing strict social distancing rules and safety measures to keep staff and shoppers safe.
The Warrington store reopened to customers at 10am this morning to be greeted by a lengthy queue.
Shoppers have posting on social media sharing images and videos of the long queues outside the store.
KJ (Kev) posted on Twitter “This is the scene at IKEA Warrington this morning! Massive queues in both directions, Europa Boulevard (both ways) and Charon Way gridlocked, traffic right back to junction M62 Junction 8….
Meanwhile reports from other stores in the town, including Morrisons and B&M, this morning, were no queues and shoppers able to walk straight in.
🤯 This is the scene at IKEA Warrington this morning! Massive queues in both directions, Europa Boulevard (both ways) and Charon Way gridlocked, traffic right back to M62 J8…
WTAF is wrong with these people there is literally hundreds of them! 🤬 pic.twitter.com/GK3BTNrhWf
— KJ (Kev) (@kjhayes07) June 1, 2020
Just at the Ikea in Warrington, being told 30 minute queue to get into the car park and then a 2 hour wait to get into the store. Apparently about 1000 people waiting #ikea #Warrington #ikeawarrington pic.twitter.com/sNrRsNP5Rd
— JamieLNorth (@JamieNorthCU) June 1, 2020
This is IKEA in Warrington right now.
— Elliot Wagland (@elliotwagland) June 1, 2020
Fun fact: Warrington North is home to the country’s first IKEA which opened in 1987, and it has the largest restaraunt in the North West inside.
Having just moved house, I was planning a trip there today as it’s just reopened but I think I might hold off for now! 😬 pic.twitter.com/O7PTzg1oJ2
— Charlotte Nichols (@charlotte2153) June 1, 2020