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First 'city warehouse' in Scandinavia for Ikea

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First 'city warehouse' in Scandinavia for Ikea
What the new store will look like. Photo: Ikea
12:08 CEST+02:00
Swedish furniture giant has announced plans to open its first 'city warehouse' in Scandinavia, with a massive new store set to be built in the centre of Copenhagen, as plans for a similar project in Stockholm remain in doubt.
The new Ikea warehouse will be placed next to the Fisketorvet shopping centre in the Vesterbro area of Copenhagen, making it easily accessible by public transport for potential Swedish customers travelling over the Öresund Bridge from Malmö.
 
“A city warehouse at a central location in Copenhagen has been high on our wish list for a long time. We want to come closer to Copenhageners and accommodate what our Copenhagen customers have expressed for many years - that we come closer [to the city centre],” Dennis Balslev, the head of Ikea Denmark, said in a statement.
 
 
The only other Ikea city warehouse in the world is in Hamburg, with plans for a similar initiative in Stockholm currently stalled following concerns from the city's Social Democrat-led council about the firm's plans to build a 4000 space car park and the subsequent potential impact on traffic.
 
"4000 surface parking spaces is not an alternative we are considering. We will look at other solutions. We are building the city," city planning commissioner Roger Mogert said in an interview with the local newspaper for the Årsta/Enskede region last November.
 
"We are still having discussions with Ikea and hopefully later in the spring or the summer we will reach a decision," Ömer Oguz, a spokesperson for the Social Democrat party in Stockholm told The Local on Friday.
 
The new Danish Ikea warehouse will become the second largest in Denmark, behind the one located in the Copenhagen suburb of Taastrup. 
 
It is set to become the company's "sustainable flagship store" including an open rooftop green area complete with a multi-purpose sport field, charging stations for electric cars and bikes and LED lighting and cooling systems powered by water from the nearby harbour. 
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