EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Belgium
Region: Arr. Hasselt; Prov. Limburg (B); Vlaams Gewest
Location of affected unit(s): Hasselt


Sector: Retail
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
47.59 - Retail sale of furniture, lighting equipment and other household articles in specialised stores
Number Employed: 300

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 03-02-2016
Type of Restructuring: Business expansion
Employment Effect Start: 03-02-2016
Planned Job Creation: 300

Additional Information

IKEA has opened a new large store in Hasselt, creating at least 300 new jobs. The new establishment, with a surface of 39,000 square metres, is the largest in Belgium. It is equipped with a fully automatic warehouse, with conveyer belts replenishing the stocks at different places in the shop. Customer transport has been facilitated with a bus line from the centre of Hasselt to the Ikea store. Moreover, a large bicycle station and electric charging points for electric cars and bicycles have been provided.