As someone who's trekked all the way to Paramus, New Jersey, from New York City to pick up an IKEA Billy Bookshelf (yes, Brooklyn's IKEA location is even farther) and lugged it back in an Uber XL, I can safely say: Ikea needs a store in Manhattan.
And well, news flash! IKEA has confirmed that by Spring 2019 it will be staking out a spot in the concrete jungle with its first-ever . "Uh...where?" you might ask (valid question). The answer is 999 Third Avenue—right around , , , and more.
This location, which will be Swedish home retailer's first city center store in the U.S., is set to be their first concept, focused on "smart solutions for urban living and small spaces." It's slated to open on April 15, and with less than a month until customers can come streaming in, the brand shared a few renderings of what the space will look like.
IKEA's Planning Studio will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, with experts available to help square-footage-starved New Yorkers design ways to maximize their homes. And, anything you buy using the studio can be delivered to your door—for a fee—and even assembled for you. That's better than having your own IKEA robot.
Considering IKEA's serious restructuring plans to make shopping more appealing over the next few years—and by eliminating the need for people like me to lug a nearly 7 -foot shelving unit across state lines—all I can really say is PRAISE BE.
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