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The Swedish furniture and home goods retailer IKEA will temporarily close all 50 stores in the United States in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus infection. About it it says in a company statement.
At the same time, customers will have the opportunity to make purchases in the online store. Javier Quinones, President of IKEA Retail in the United States, called these measures a responsible way, so that the company can take care of its employees and customers.
“Unprecedented times require unprecedented action. We take our role in containing this epidemic seriously and acknowledge the positive impact our actions can have on improving the lives of millions of people affected by this crisis, ”Quignones said.
The statement added that after the closure of stores 18 thousand employees of the company will be able to count on benefits and paid holidays.
To date, IKEA stores have temporarily closed in several countries. Among them are China, Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland. In connection with the improvement of the situation amid the spread of coronavirus, stores in the company are gradually opening, the company noted.