First ‘city warehouse’ in Scandinavia for Ikea

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.

First 'city warehouse' in Scandinavia for Ikea
What the new store will look like. Photo: Ikea
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. 


Ikea will buy back your used furniture at up to half the price

In the run-up to what would in normal times be the festive season sales rush, Ikea has vowed to buy back used furniture from customers to resell – and pay up to 50 percent of the original price.

Ikea will buy back your used furniture at up to half the price
Got any pieces of Ikea furniture at home? You may be able to get rid of it and get money back. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Ikea, the world's largest furniture chain, said Tuesday it would begin buying back used furniture from customers to resell – and pay up to 50 percent of the original price.

The “Buy Back Friday” scheme, timed to coincide with the “Black Friday” pre-Christmas retail frenzy, will run from November 24th and until December 3rd in 27 countries.

“Rather than buy things you don't need this Black Friday, we want to help customers give their furniture a second life instead of making an impulse buy,” said Stefan Vanoverbeke, deputy retail operations manager at Ingka Group, Ikea's parent company.

To address concerns its affordable, flat-pack products encourage overconsumption and waste, the Swedish company had previously said it would start renting and recycling furniture as part of an eco-drive.

Under its buyback scheme, the group said that “anything that can't be resold will be recycled or donated to community projects to help those most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic”.

“Some countries like Australia and Canada for example are currently testing different buyback services, but BuyBack Friday will be the first time that 27 countries do this together,” the statement added.

The Swedish giant employs over 217,000 people and has more than 50 outlets. Its annual turnover is around 40 billion euros ($46 billion).

The group did not specify how it would determine the price paid for second-hand furniture and customers will receive a voucher, not cash, for their products.  

As part of efforts to reduce waste, Ikea has already begun repairing and re-packaging products in every store that have been damaged in transit, as well as allowing customers to return products – including furniture – for resale or donation to charities.