Taking over Kings Mall with a new format for Swedish furniture chain
Artist's impression of new store
IKEA UK have announced plans to open a new format city centre store in Kings Mall, Hammersmith.
Set to open in Spring 2021, the opening follows the shopping centre’s acquisition by Ingka Centres – its first in the UK. The company says it aims to transform traditional shopping centres into convenient city meeting places to reinvigorate the high street based on community needs.
Ingka Centres say they will work with the local community in Hammersmith to regenerate King Street, on which the shopping centre is located, bringing new life and an approximately £170 million investment to the area.
The store will feature IKEA’s entire product range available to buy from the store for home delivery, and over 2,000 home furnishing accessories available to take away on the same day. This will be the first time that IKEA’s home furnishing accessories will be available to buy on the UK high street. There will be a Swedish food offer in Kings Mall, so visitors can sample both Swedish meat balls or the newest offerings from the retailer.
Peter Jelkeby, Country Retail Manager and Chief Sustainability Officer at IKEA UK & Ireland commented, “Our plan to open a new city centre store in Hammersmith is an exciting next-step, as we continue to respond to people’s evolving shopping habits, making IKEA more convenient than ever before.
“People have been eager to see our affordable range and access our life at home expertise on the high-street for some time, so we’re excited to introduce a unique IKEA store to the vibrant local community in Hammersmith and London.”
Gerard Groener, Managing Director, Ingka Centres commented, “Our urban projects are all about getting closer to more people. More of our customers are living in cities than ever before, and a regenerated Kings Mall will be an ideal location for reaching millions of Londoners.”
Stephen Cowan, Leader of the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham added, “We’re very pleased Hammersmith will benefit from having Britain’s first IKEA city store. The new Ingka Centre will help rejuvenate King Street and improve our neighbourhood for all our residents and local businesses. We’re delighted to benefit from this huge investment and look forward to working with Ingka Centres, our residents and the wider community to deliver something really special here.”
January 9, 2020