We are so excited. Australia is getting another IKEA! This time round, it’s going to be a ‘mini store’ that will offer IKEA lovers tailored design inspiration.
The new store will open on Sydney’s Northern Beaches in Westfield Warringah Mall during May this year.
This is going to be a completely different concept to the massive warehouse shopping experience that we are used to. This new outlet will be designed to be a ‘Home Planning Studio’ and will provide personalised consultations about a whole range of home design.
The spotlight will be on helping customers to create the perfect IKEA kitchen and bedroom and as reported in the Daily Mail, there will be plenty of staff on the floor to offer their tips.
Just like the regular IKEA stores, there will be plenty of beautifully put-together rooms that will inspire the designer in all of us. The new shop will include a bedroom zone, a kitchen section and lots of storage solutions.
IKEA has not, at this stage, confirmed exactly what products the store will stock but we hope it will include their basic ranges as well as all their household paraphernalia.
I’m hoping there will be a cafe so we can pick up our favourite Swedish meatballs and grab their famous $1 hotdogs. And if they have their signature Småland, I’ll be one happy mum. PLEASE!!!
This new store is set to be a bit of an experiment for the Swedish mega-retailer and if successful, more concept stores will open around the country.
More IKEA’s To Open
CEO of the Swedish giant, Jan Gardberg has said previously there are plans to make IKEA’s online shopping easier and the company is also looking to move away from the massive warehouse-style stores.
‘We have more than 40 years of home furnishing experience here in Australia and we want to take that and transform that home furnishing knowledge into the virtual and electronic world also,’ Mr Gardberg told Canstar Blue.
There are currently 10 IKEA stores in Australia, with this number expected to grow to around 40 within the next 10 years.
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