IKEA to open huge store in central Copenhagen – The Post

IKEA to open huge store in central Copenhagen

Up to 500 jobs expected when shop opens in 2018

IKEA is headed downtown (photo: MDP)
April 17th, 2015 11:08 am| by Ray W

IKEA plans to open a new location in Vesterbro in 2018. The new store will be the second largest in Denmark and be located near Fisketorvet and the Tivoli Congress Center.

The new store is particularly aimed at customers without a car who find it difficult to get to IKEA’s other stores in the Copenhagen area.

“There has long been a need for a large IKEA store in the centre of Copenhagen,” Dennis Balslev, the CEO of IKEA Denmark, told Berlingske Business. “Many of our Copenhagen customers tell us that it is a long trip to Gentofte and Taastrup by public transport – especially if you have large items you need to carry by bus or on trains.”

Cycling that sofa home
The store will provide cargo bikes and bike trailers for customers who buy furniture and do not have a car to transport them home.

The new store should also reduce some of the pressure on IKEA’s Gentofte location: the smallest but most visited in the country.

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The deal has yet to be approved by the boards of IKEA and DSB Properties, the owner of the land. The city of Copenhagen must also approve the deal. The store is expected to open in 2018 and create about 500 jobs.