Ikea is planning to open its first city center store in the U.S., marking what the company said is its ongoing transformation and commitment to bring the retailer into the heart of urban areas. The “Ikea Planning Studio” is slated to open in Manhattan in spring 2019.
Globally, Ikea said it is adapting and evolving to be more accessible and convenient for customers and will develop 30 new touchpoints in city centers over the next three years. The New York City location is the first market in the U.S. for the Planning Studio concept.
The Planning Studio concept was co-created with New Yorkers who provided input to Ikea throughout the planning process, the company said. The location will open at 999 Third Avenue in the spring of 2019 and will focus on smart solutions for urban living and small spaces. It will also give customers the opportunity to discover, select and order Ikea products for delivery to their home.
“We recognize that we are in a rapidly changing retail environment, and to be fit for long-term growth, Ikea is transforming in a way that lets us meet our customers where they are,” said Lars Petersson, country manager, Ikea retail U.S. “New York City is the natural choice to open the first city center store— the most vibrant, dynamic city in the U.S., and the epicenter of retail, business, and culture.”
The Ikea Planning Studio will complement the existing stores in the New York market with stores in Brooklyn, Elizabeth, Long Island and Paramus. The company said it will also remodel the Brooklyn store, and recently opened a new customer fulfilment center in Staten Island to deliver products to customers in the market.