IKEA have announced that they’re finally coming to the UK high street.
Due to open in Spring 2021, IKEA’s first city centre shop will be in the Kings Mall Shopping Centre in London’s Hammersmith.
The new store will sell the brand’s entire home furnishings range with over 2,000 accessories to shop in-store, plus the entire product range available for home delivery.
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Aside from selling furniture and accessories, the new Hammersmith shop will also be offering IKEA’s famous meatballs (with vegan options too!).
Peter Jelkeby, IKEA UK’s Chief Sustainability Officer said: “Our plan to open a new city centre store in Hammersmith is an exciting next step, as we continue to respond to people’s evolving shopping habits, making IKEA more convenient than ever before.
People have been eager to see our affordable range and access our life at home expertise on the high street for some time, so we’re excited to introduce a unique IKEA store to the vibrant local community in Hammersmith and London.”
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By the sound of things, it looks like this won’t be the only one. IKEA mentioned in their release that their aim is to open similar shops worldwide, as it strives to “become more accessible and adapt to evolving shopping behaviours”.
The store’s announcement marks the next step in IKEA’s business transformation and also follows last year’s announcement that the Swedish furniture giant are also looking to begin renting furniture as part of wider sustainable push.
In 2019 IKEA announced plans to start renting its furniture, as part of a move towards a circular economy that includes refurbishing and re-selling products.
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The homeware store already has a few green initiatives in place.
The Swedish homeware giant last year opened its most sustainable UK store, in Greenwich, London. The build includes solar panels, rainwater-harvesting facilities, geothermal heating and 100 per cent LED lighting. The store also has a community garden and a Learning Lab where customers are taught to up-cycle and repair products.
IKEA also introduced spare parts to their range, encouraging customers to repair products rather than throwing them away when they break. Plus, in their Greenwich store there are now ‘recovery’ teams in place who repair and re-pack products that have been damaged in transit so that they can be sold rather than going to waste. This initiative is planned to be rolled out across all of IKEA’s stores.
There’s also a textile recycling scheme being rolled out across the country where customers can bring in their old or unwanted textiles such as clothing and duvets, whether purchased at IKEA or not, for recycling.
And, also last year, IKEA revealed plans to remove all single-use plastics from its product range by 2020.
We hope these innovative ideas will help to shift the retail environment as a whole and the way in which we shop, for a more sustainable future.