IKEA’s planned new superstore near Charlton on Greenwich Peninsular, will be a godsend for many Londoners who love IKEA but dislike the journey to their nearest store. The new store would slash journey times and improve convenience for people who live in Southeast London, Canary wharf and even as central as London’ South Bank and the London bridge area. We love the plans for IKEA Charlton!
Currently the nearest IKEA stores for people living in the South East London boroughs of Greenwich, Lewisham and Bexley are Dartford or Croydon. Both of these can be a bit of a chore as they can become traffic nightmares so the benefit to IKEA lovers in these areas is clear, especially as many homes in these areas have cars.
One stop from Canary Wharf
Where the new store would really benefit is for those busy professionals who need to furnish their luxury flats in areas such as Canary Wharf, The City of London, and the Southbank area. Many people who live in these areas do not have cars and rely on public transport. Journey times to the nearest IKEA would be slashed by half on average. Canary Wharf would be only one stop away on the Jubilee line and then a quick two minute bus ride. This compares to fifty minutes at least to either the Tottenham or Croydon branch. London Bridge to North Greenwich (the nearest tube stop to the proposed new store) takes only 20 minutes. As well as good tube links to the area, the site also has over 42 buses in each direction per hour.
We have spoke to some people who are put off purchasing IKEA products because of the sometimes arduous journey to their nearest stores. The new location will make it much easier for a lot of people in London to pop in to IKEA and browse their brilliant range of products before buying. As well as improving access to their products, it should also mean that more items will be in stock because a new store would mean a massive new stock of inventory that could relieve pressure on other stores in London. In theory delivery times should also improve and more customers will be able to get same day delivery service. As an added bonus, the site is a stone’s throw from a large cinema complex and two minutes from the O2 arena with its many bars and restaurants, customers could combine a trip to IKEA with a meal and then a movie.
We are really excited about the plans for the new IKEA store in Charlton and we hope this store gets the go ahead. We will keep you updated with any news. What do you think?