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Next Monday, Canada’s first ‘urban format’ IKEA will open in downtown Toronto

The first 'urban format' IKEA in Canada is planned to launch in downtown Toronto next week.

Key Takeaways:

  • According to the firm, the store will be located on the first two floors of the Aura shopping center at Yonge and Gerrard Streets.
  • Unlike other IKEA stores in Canada, the Yonge Street location will be cashless and not have reserved parking.
  • The new facility will be open every day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. It will be the fifth IKEA shop in the Greater Toronto Area and the fifteenth in Canada.

The first “urban format” IKEA store in Canada will open next week in downtown Toronto.

The 66,000-square-foot store will open on May 25, according to the company, and will be found on the first two floors of the Aura shopping center at Yonge and Gerrard Streets.

In a news release, IKEA Canada CEO and Chief Sustainability Officer Michael Ward remarked, “IKEA Toronto Downtown blends our home furnishing inspiration and experience with omnichannel retail solutions in a small shop format to specifically fulfill the demands of downtown residents.”

Unlike other IKEA stores across Canada, the Yonge Street facility will not have designated parking and will be cashless.

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Instead of using a typical cart, customers are encouraged to download the IKEA app and scan things they want to buy while browsing. Customers can pay for items via the IKEA app or at checkout kiosks.

Some of the items sold at this place cannot be brought home right away. While over 2,000 products, the most of which are home furnishing accessories, will be available for purchase on the spot, some larger items will require ordering for home delivery. Assembly services will be available.

IKEA Canada's first 'urban format' store is planned to debut in downtown Toronto next week.
IKEA Canada’s first ‘urban format’ store is planned to debut in downtown Toronto next week. Image from Retail Insider

The new Swedish Deli will serve IKEA’s traditional Swedish meatballs and hotdogs, as well as a variety of “contemporary, nutritious” dishes, according to the firm.

The business advises customers to use their “digital queue” to reserve a spot in line for the first week. IKEA.ca/TorontoDowntown will soon have this available.

Every day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., the new site will be open. It will be the Greater Toronto Area’s fifth IKEA store and Canada’s fifteenth overall.

Source: CTV news

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