New ‘mini Ikea’ stores to open across the UK this autumn – here’s where
Ikea is to launch smaller stores on British high streets in a world first, the Swedish company has revealed.
The move is a welcome boost to city centres as the furniture firm outlined plans for a raft of “more personal” stores across the UK over the next three years.
It’s first mini-Ikea will open in central London this autumn with a “capsule collection” of furniture and fittings.
But there won’t be room for restaurants serving the famous meatballs. The retailer said the new-look stores would offer a “tailored service” for families planning dream kitchens and bedrooms on a budget.
Ikea’s retail manager Javier Quinones said, “The opening of this new city-centre shop marks an exciting development for the Ikea business as we continue to innovate and transform to better meet the needs of our customers.”
The project is a boost to the Mirror’s High Street Fightback campaign as it could take over premises left empty by firms which have gone, such as Poundworld and Maplin.
Mr Quinones said: “We know that by 2050, 70% of people will be living in cities. Our city centre approach is just the beginning of a new period of transformation for us as a business as we respond to the many exciting opportunities in the fast-changing retail environment.”
And Jane Bisset Ikea London city centre market leader added: “The Tottenham Court Road shop will give Londoners a relaxed and professional experience in which to plan more complex or large-scale projects in the home, with the expertise and specialist support of Ikea co-workers.”
Mr Quinones also unveiled plans for a 24 hour delivery service to cope with online demand and competition from sites like Amazon.
“It’s not that we have to change because otherwise we will not exist tomorrow,” he said.
“But if we do not do the transformation then in the long run we will not exist.
“By launching this new approach and investing in our online offer and services, we are working to ensure Ikea remains affordable, convenient and sustainable, both now and in the future.”
But the bad news for Ikea meatball fans is the Swedish staple is off the menu as the smaller stores will not have room for a restaurant.
The chain, which first opened its doors in the UK in Warrington in 1987 has 21 stores and is planning another in Greenwich, south east London next year but has axed plans for a megastore in Preston.
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