A retail giant is launching a number of mobile collection points across the UK next year - but the scheme won't be rolled out in the North East.

IKEA is collaborating with Tesco to roll out mobile pick-up points in several regions by autumn 2024.

More than 70 car park collection zones will be opened across the UK as part of a scheme to make shopping at IKEA more accessible for people in a range of locations.

The Northern Echo: IKEA will roll the scheme out in around 70 Tesco storesIKEA will roll the scheme out in around 70 Tesco stores (Image: PA MEDIA)

Customers can collect IKEA orders over £100 for free and orders under £100 can be collected for £5.

The change follows a pilot launched last year which saw 12 pick-up points trialled.

In the North East, there will be IKEA Gateshead as the usual location to pick up collections, as well as the Washington pick-up point at Follingsby Park.

The Northern Echo: One of the vans that will be a collection point at TescoOne of the vans that will be a collection point at Tesco (Image: IKEA)

Despite these two collection points, it seems that the rest of the North East has been left behind, with the nearest Tesco pick-up points listed as Blackburn in Lancashire or Doncaster in South Yorkshire.

Jakob Bertilsson, IKEA UK's customer fulfilment manager, said: "This national roll-out of mobile pick-up points is an exciting milestone in our partnership with Tesco, which will bring IKEA closer to people across all parts of the UK.

"As customer shopping behaviours change and evolve, we will continue to grow our service offer to make shopping with IKEA more convenient, accessible, and affordable than ever before.”

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A spokesperson for IKEA added: "IKEA has partnered with Tesco allowing orders to be placed online and picked up from our transport provider's vehicle in confirmed Tesco customer car parks.

"Vehicles will be parked in signposted areas in the Tesco car park with operatives to hand the orders out. Please show your confirmation order to our transport partner upon arrival."

In response to IKEA not including any North East collection point in its new list, the major retailer has clarified that the full list hasn't yet been released.

A spokesperson for IKEA said: "As it stands, we’ve only announced the location of 28 sites of the 70 due to be rolled out between now and Autumn next year. Whilst we can’t share the exact locations of those yet to come, we’re happy to say that the North East, North Yorkshire and County Durham are all in scope for new ways to shop with IKEA within this timeframe."