Swedish home furnishing giant Ikea has announced plans for a massive new store in the heart of Copenhagen.
The Ikea warehouse will be placed next to the Fisketorvet shopping centre in Vesterbro and will become the second largest Ikea in Denmark, behind the one located in the Copenhagen suburb of Taastrup.
Ikea has reached a deal with DSB to convert the former railroad area between Dybbølsbro Station and Fisketorvet. The plans still need the City of Copenhagen’s approval but the company hopes that construction on the 37,000 square metre warehouse will begin in 2016.
“A city warehouse at a central location in Copenhagen has been high on our wish list for a long time. We want to come closer to Copenhageners and accommodate what our Copenhagen customers have expressed for many years - that we come closer [to the city centre],” Dennis Balslev, the head of Ikea Danmark, said.
Speaking to Politiken, Balslev said the location would cater to the “Copenhagen way” by offering bicycle trailers or freight bicycles to customers who need to get large items home.
The company said that the Vesterbro warehouse would become the company's "sustainable flagship store". Ikea plans to install an open rooftop green area complete with a multi-purpose sport field and implement other green initiatives including charging stations for electric cars and bikes, full LED lighting and cooling systems that will use water from the nearby harbour.
Ikea predicts that the Fisketorvet location will create upwards of 500 new jobs and will have an 800 million kroner annual turnover within three years of opening in 2018.
In addition to becoming the second largest Ikea in Denmark, the Vesterbro store will be only the company’s second “city warehouse” in the world. The other is in downtown Hamburg.
A larger image of the planned Ikea warehouse can be seen here.