Smaller IKEA stores are coming

Images via IKEA
Words by Tara Smith

Times are changing.

It seems you’ll no longer spend hours lost in the aisles of IKEA, with the furniture giant is introducing smaller stores.

In response to a profit drop in the UK, the company is trailing a series of ‘city centre’ shops specialising in kitchen and wardrobes. There’s also plans to introduce a 24-hour delivery service, while customers can pick up online orders in-store.

According to Apartment Therapy, the smaller stores can be built in just six months. The traditional IKEA stores can take anywhere between three to four years.

The saddest part, however, is that the new stores will not include cafes.  If the future of IKEA is one without Swedish meatballs, we’re not sure we want to be part of it.

The company’s first city centre shop is due to open in London this year. No word on an Australian expansion yet.


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