The Swedish furniture and home goods retailer, known for its massive stores spanning more than 300,000 square feet, opened its first “city center” location ever, in New York’s Upper East Side. Ikea says it ultimately plans to roll out more than a dozen small-format shops nationwide to reach city dwellers looking for kitchen accessories, furniture and organizational tools for tinier homes.
The move to Manhattan comes at a time when many other retailers have been experimenting with pint-sized locations in urban areas. Target has opened a few small-format shops within New York and has one planned down the street from Ikea’s new store. Macy’s is trimming back some of its real estate, including testing out pop-up marketplaces at its Herald Square flagship in New York, while Kohl’s is cutting up its stores to bring in new tenants like Aldi and Planet Fitness.