As the Sainsbury’s on Bugsby’s Way plans its move to Gallions Way, IKEA seeks to take over the space it vacates. IKEA’s plans would create a store readily accessible to customers using public transport, convenient to Metro links as well as bus and rail services. Customers who chose to drive will find ample parking with over 1,000 spaces shared between IKEA, B&Q and Odeon. The convenience this store would offer is greater than at any other IKEA in the UK. The proposed IKEA location serves London residents in Kensington, Knightsbridge, West End, Fulham, Clapham, Chiswick and Canary Wharf.
Convenience, however, is not all this new store would bring to South London. IKEA anticipates creating approximately 200 construction jobs during the renovation period and 400 jobs for the store itself. IKEA further anticipates another 80 position relating to facilities management, security and cleaning services. These are significant opportunities for some of the area’s long-term unemployed.
Of course, customers who use public transportation services will need assistance with delivery. IKEA has collaborated with Hertz to provide vans for rental at a preferential price if you wish to pick up your purchases yourself. Alternatively, you can arrange for delivery within our service area by speaking to a floor representative. Generally, you can request delivery for same or next-day service. Some custom-made products are delivered without a fee. Your service representative can provide you with details.
That said, car-less high flying professionals, students and other IKEA customers who live in central London, who like to browse for smaller items will be able to pop over via public transport, and carry their blue IKEA bags home.
For us, the new IKEA store will mean a greater demand for our services. When speaking to our customers, we find that the main reasons that people don’t by IKEA furniture is because they dislike the assembly part and actually getting to the store in the first place. Hopefully the new IKEA store in Charlton combined with a little help from us will make the whole IKEA experience even easier.
Following the public exhibition of the proposals on November 9th, IKEA will provide an unstaffed exhibition at East Greenwich Library, Woolwich Road from November 11 through 23, 2013. This is part of the process of the application for outline planning permission to the Royal Borough of Greenwich.