New Yorkers will no longer have to journey to Brooklyn’s seaside Red Hook neighborhood to get their fill of affordable, minimalist home furnishings—only to have to schlep their haul back to their tiny, walk-up apartments. IKEA is officially coming to Manhattan, and it’s a move that signals a shift for the company as a whole.
Opening April 15, the IKEA Planning Studio will be located in Manhattan’s Lenox Hill neighborhood, just a few blocks east of Central Park. Its offerings will be focused on “smart solutions for urban living and smalls spaces,” according to a press release, and will offer ordering and delivery services.
It’s the first city-center location in the U.S., out of 30 global urban locations that will open in the next three years. One city-center store opened in London this fall, and another is set to open in Paris in the spring. Now we’re anticipating more locations in other U.S. cities, hopefully just on the horizon.
“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,” says Lars Petersson, country manager of 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.”
This story was originally published in December 2018, it has been updated with new information.