Ikea will open its first Manhattan store

Ikea in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

The Swedish home goods empire announced that it will open an
Ikea Planning Studio in Manhattan in the spring of 2019.

Major news out of Ikea HQ this morning: The
Swedish home goods empire will open in Manhattan in the spring of
2019. The location will nationally launch the global brand’s
city-center store concept called the Ikea Planning Studio, allowing
it to permeate dense urban markets where securing square footage
for warehouse space is less feasible.

The location at 999 Third Avenue, between East 59th and East
60th streets and directly across the street from Bloomingdales’
59th Street flagship, will not be a full-fledged buy and carry
operation like in Red Hook or Elizabeth, NJ. Instead, it will
“give customers the opportunity to discover, select and order
Ikea products for delivery to their home, which is what urban
residents want and need,” a
press release
reads. So in short, expect to be able to view
furniture, but don’t expect to leave the premises with a Friheten
sleeper sofa (or any other furniture item) in tow.

Ikea is still building out the concept, but a spokesperson for
the brand told Curbed that it also doesn’t expect smaller items
like picture frames and bowls to be available to buy and carry at
the site, either. Nor is the store expected to host Ikea’s
beloved cafe.

“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 US, and the
epicenter of retail, business, and culture.”

In addition to opening the Manhattan outpost, Ikea will also
remodel its Red Hook store (though what exactly that will entail
isn’t specified.) That project is expected to wrap up by the end
of 2019.

Source: FS – All – Real Estate News 1
Ikea will open its first Manhattan store