There’s a New IKEA in Queens, and It’s Made for Small Spaces

published Jan 12, 2021
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Residents of Queens, New York are being treated to a personalized IKEA experience. A mini version of the much-loved Swedish retailer just opened in the Rego Center on Jan. 11, and it’s filled with inspiration for New Yorkers on a tight budget and living in an even tighter space.

The Queens IKEA is the first mini version of the store in the U.S. that offers a full range of IKEA products tailored to fit small-space living situations. New Yorkers will be able to shop the curated selection, take home portable items, and have larger items shipped for a flat rate of $49 to anywhere in New York City. The location also offers consultations to plan kitchen, living room, and bedroom designs.

“At IKEA we’re on a journey to transform our business to meet our customers wherever they are and how they like to shop,” Javier Quiñones, President & Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA Retail U.S., said in a press release. “As life at home has taken on a new meaning this year for so many people, our customers’ needs and behaviors are changing too, and we hope our new Queens store will serve as a convenient and accessible source of inspiration and home furnishing expertise for New Yorkers.”

This isn’t the first small-scale IKEA to open in NYC; the Swedish retailer opened a planning studio in Manhattan in 2019. The main difference is that at the Manhattan location, you can only order in store for delivery, while Queens has products in stock that you can leave with.

“We’re excited to welcome New Yorkers to our new store in Queens. Every detail was created with the unique needs of New Yorkers in mind, from the proximity to public transportation and delivery and assembly options, to the wide product range curated specifically to meet their dynamic lifestyles,” said Shahab Mollaei, Market Manager, IKEA Queens.

The IKEA Queens location will be open from 10 a.m. ET to 9 p.m. ET and is equipped with pandemic-appropriate safety precautions. And yes, once COVID has come to an end there will be Swedish meatballs available at a grab-and-go eatery, according to Curbed. Phew!