• Located at the Millenium Way Retail Park, Greenwich, the IKEA Greenwich store has been designed with the environment and local community in mind
• The new store will be IKEA’s Leading Sustainable Store in the UK and Ireland
• IKEA Greenwich will create 500 jobs across a wide range of exciting positions
Home furnishing retailer, IKEA, today reveals its plans for its new store in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. IKEA’s unique Greenwich store proposal will feature new design elements, such as a roof pavilion, a biodiverse roof garden, community garden and multifunctional spaces.
Commenting on the new store plans, IKEA UK Deputy Property Manager, Richard Rands said, “This is an exciting development for IKEA that has the customer, the local community and the environment at its heart. We want to create a unique and exciting space that will act as a place to meet, learn, share and shop - enhancing the ways we engage with our customers, the local community and stakeholders. The new IKEA Greenwich will be an innovation hub for home furnishings and sustainable retail.”
A community hub for Greenwich
Designed with the local community and customer in mind, the new store will feature a rooftop pavilion, biodiversity garden, multifunctional spaces and a restaurant, as well as an inspirational home furnishing offer. IKEA Greenwich aims to offer managed events and programmes for a variety of audiences. The roof will also offer recreational space for its co-workers.
Richard said “IKEA has a vision to create a better life for the many people. Our new IKEA Greenwich store will create a unique and meaningful customer experience. In addition to being a good neighbour to local residents, we are delighted that more people in London will be able to experience our inspiring range of quality, well-designed, functional and affordable products.”
A leading sustainable IKEA store in the UK
As a business IKEA is dedicated to sustainability across all aspects of the business. The Greenwich store is designed and will be built to ensure energy and resource efficiency, including the use of solar panels, rainwater harvesting and energy saving and generating technology. The store will meet a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ Certification Rating.
‘Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do at IKEA – from the energy and resources we use and the way we work with communities to the way we can support our customers to save energy, water and waste at home and live more healthily. In Greenwich it’s fantastic to have the opportunity to put those principles into practice, working together with the local community and stakeholders to create a unique experience that shows how sustainability can be accessible, affordable and attractive for everyone” said Joanna Yarrow, Head of Sustainability IKEA UK&IE.
IKEA Greenwich will be served by six bus routes and 42 buses an hour. In addition, the store will feature 75 cycle spaces and will offer 20 electric car-charging points.
“IKEA actively encourages its co-workers and customers to use public transport where possible and will invest in the local area to increase accessibility to the store” adds Richard.
New employment opportunities for the local community
The new store will create 500 jobs across a wide range of exciting positions. As the company becomes a part of the Greenwich community, IKEA will work with Greenwich Borough Council and Greenwich Local Labour & Business (GLAAB) to recruit locally as much as possible.
IKEA is committed to investing in its people and paying its co-workers a meaningful wage that supports the cost of living. Therefore all IKEA Greenwich co-workers will be paid the Real Living Wage.