Step aside New Yorkers, IKEA has plans to make major waves in yet another major U.S. city. Following the exciting news that the retailer will open a small-format store in Manhattan’s Lenox Hill neighborhood, there’s now word that the Swedish retailer is rolling out plans to launch a storefront in another metropolitan area. The location giving NYC a run for its money? None other than the capital city, of course.
According to Biz Journals, Angele Robinson-Gaylord, the president of U.S. property for Ikea Group, dished at an event in New York last week that Washington D.C. is among the cities the home furnishings giant is considering to set up its new “planning studio.” Think of their city-based store lineup as a mini version of their usual warehouses. Smart home design and small space living will the be the primary focus of the pint-sized locations.
“Target cities for IKEA’s new urban small-format Planning Studio after its debut in New York City this spring: Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and D.C.,” Robinson-Gaylord told a crowd, according to ICSC.
While we already knew that the company plans to launch 30 global urban locations over the next three years, it’s likely that D.C. will be the next east coast pick after New York. With the nearest IKEA situated miles outside the city in College Park, Maryland, the country’s capital is bursting at the seams with small space dwellers and Scandinavian decor lovers who are tired of making the trek.
Seeing that IKEA already opened one city-center store in London this fall, we’re certain District residents won’t have to wait much longer. At this rate, there will be a shiny new IKEA store in your hometown faster than you can say “SJAVLSTANDIG.”
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