Ikea owner Ingka Group is to make its biggest ever investment in stores and fulfilment in the United States.

Ikea is to spend €2bn (£1.8bn) on its omnichannel growth in the US over the next three years, the largest investment in four decades of operating in the United States.

In the first phase of the project, the home furnishings group plans to open eight new stores and nine plan-and-order points, creating more than 2,000 jobs. In addition to the nine planned stores, Ikea US will open new locations in San Francisco, California, and Arlington, Virginia, this summer. 

The investment will also see existing US Ikea stores modernised to offer home delivery from stores.

Ingka Group head of Ikea Retail Tolga Öncü said: “The US is one of our most important markets. We see endless opportunities to grow there and get closer to the many Americans with affordable products and services.

“More than ever before, we want to increase the density of our presence in the US, ramp up our fulfilment capacities, and make our range even more relevant to local customers’ needs and dreams.”

The investment is one in several territories the group is making to improve its omnichannel capabilities, including a €150m (£132m) investment in new locations in Spain and its city store on London’s Oxford Street, which will open later this year.