It doesn't appear to be the only time this has happened at a Montreal-area IKEA in recent weeks.
A tweet by @PascalProfessor from March 7 reads, "Subzero temperatures; before 10am, the giant #Montreal #IKEA has it’s humongus parking already full and a thick and tight line up going around the building to the back."
IKEA also added a note to its Quebec websites stating, "Please note that waiting in line does not guarantee entry to the store."
Lisa Huie, public relations leader for IKEA Canada, told us IKEA Montreal and IKEA Boucherville are operating at 25% capacity compared to regular store occupancy limits.
This can lead to more frequent line-ups. Plus, since Huie said IKEA ensures customers in line follow physical distancing protocols, this can cause lines to appear even longer.
"Our co-workers and additional security actively monitor the line," she said.
Huie recommended that people consider shopping online when possible and reminded customers that IKEA offers options for contactless Curbside Click & Collect pick-up at the store or at-home delivery.
Our new Restaurant takeout option offers an easy way for Canadians to enjoy their IKEA favourites.
Danielle Beauchesne, Head of IKEA Food
According to a press release, "the new Restaurant takeout offer includes IKEA favourites found in the Restaurant like Swedish meatballs, Veggie Balls, Butter Chicken, Fish and Chips and MSC-Certified Salmon Filets."
The kid's menu is also available for takeout. IKEA has also come up with "affordable family meals" so that you can share your love of those delicious meatballs with the whole family.
After shopping, customers may place an order at a dedicated kiosk near the restaurant.
"We know that many of our customers look forward to an affordable family meal at the IKEA Restaurant when they visit our stores," said the head of IKEA Food Canada.
"We want to be there for our customers – whether they prefer to dine-in or takeout."
Why You Need To Go: Hudson's Bay offers "Curbside Pickup with Contactless Loading" at all its locations. Depending on the location, you'll have to find the designated pickup entrance and call the number included in your order confirmation email.
A store associate can load your car for you, or you can request that your items be left at the pickup area for you to collect.
Why You Need To Go: You'll be staying home a lot in the month of October since most businesses in Quebec's red zone are closed for 28 days. It's the perfect time to make your way through your fall book list.
Luckily, Indigo is offering "Contactless Curbside Pickup" at all its locations. You can select the "FREE SHIP TO A STORE" option at checkout, and then wait in your car or outside of your store on foot to receive your order.
Why You Need To Go: You can finally stock up on those much-needed bottles of wine for your quarantine movie nights without even going to the store. What could be better? The SAQ is offering pickup at their locations within three to five business days of your order date.
It costs $6 for orders under $75. Once at the store, you'll have to give your order number to an employee and they'll tell you where to collect it.