Ikea has announced the closure of its Tottenham branch, putting 450 jobs at risk. The retailer said the decision to shut the North London store comes as part of a wider overhaul of its London branches.
The furniture retailer recently opened a smaller branch in Hammersmith and plans to open a similar store in the former Topshop site in Oxford Circus next year. It is not yet clear when the Tottenham branch will be shuttered, however, bosses said they hope to find positions for the 450 people who currently work there.
Within London, Ikea still has branches in Croydon, Wembley, and Greenwich. These stores do not appear to be affected by the announcement today (March 30).
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Ikea opened its Hammersmith branch on February 24, 2022. The smaller-than-usual store marked the first time Brits were able to shop at Ikea on the high street. The store focuses on home accessories and soft furnishings, while larger home furniture pieces are also on display and can be ordered for home delivery or delivery to nearby collection points.
The well-known Market Hall has been changed out for a system whereby products are located next to the room sets they represent. The store is approximately one-quarter of the size of a traditional IKEA store, with 4,000 product lines on display and 1,800 available to take away on the same day.
Peter Jelkeby, country retail manager and chief sustainability officer at IKEA UK & Ireland said: “As shopping habits evolve and city centres continue to be redefined in the wake of the pandemic, this new store format marks the next step in our business transformation as we strive to make IKEA more accessible, affordable and sustainable.
“For the first time, Londoners will be able to take the tube to an IKEA store, pop in, grab a yellow bag and buy all the home furnishing accessories that make a house a home. They will also be able to explore the whole range, for delivery to a convenient collection point or directly to their home.”
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