Ikea to CLOSE its Tottenham superstore putting 450 위험에 처한 직업

Ikea to CLOSE its Tottenham superstore putting 450 jobs at risk as Swedish furniture retailer plans to open mini shop on Oxford Street’s former Topshop site

  • Swedish retailer says the decision comes as part of overhaul of its London stores
  • Ikea opened its first mini shop in Hammersmith, 웨스트 런던, 지난 달
  • It plans to build similar store in Oxford Street to replace former Topshop site
  • Retailer bought site for £378m last year in effort to increase high street presence
  • Ikea is now entering consultation period with 450 Tottenham store employees
  • Ikea is to close its Tottenham superstore, putting 450 위험에 처한 직업, as the Swedish furniture retailer plans to open a mini shop on Oxford Street’s former Topshop site.

    The retailer said the decision comes as part of a £1 billion overhaul of its London stores and follows the opening of its first smaller format site in Hammersmith last montharound a quarter of the size of its traditional stores.

    Ikea plans to open a similar store in Oxford Street by autumn 2023 after purchasing the former Topshop flagship site for £378 million last Octoberpart of efforts to increase its high street presence.

    It is not immediately clear when its Tottenham superstore will close, but bosses have said they hope to find positions elsewhere in the capital for the site’s 450 직원.

    The Ikea store in Tottenham, 노스 런던, putting 450 위험에 처한 직업. The retailer claims it is trying to find alternative positions in the capital for the affected employees

    The Ikea store in Tottenham, 노스 런던, putting 450 위험에 처한 직업. The retailer claims it is trying to find alternative positions in the capital for the affected employees

    Ikea bought the former Topshop flagship store on London's Oxford Street in October last year. The latest mini store is set to open by autumn 2023

    Ikea bought the former Topshop flagship store on London’s Oxford Street in October last year. The latest mini store is set to open by autumn 2023

    Pritesh Patel, Hammersmith store manager and Natalia Petelina, Livat Hammersmith meeting place manager, cut the ribbon to officially open Ikea Hammersmith on February 24

    Pritesh Patel, Hammersmith store manager and Natalia Petelina, Livat Hammersmith meeting place manager, cut the ribbon to officially open Ikea Hammersmith on February 24

    The homewares giant bought the former Topshop flagship shop on London's Oxford Street for £378million last October

    The homewares giant bought the former Topshop flagship shop on London’s Oxford Street for £378million last October

    How Tottenham Ikea store’s midnight opening in 2005 ended in a ‘riot’, after shoppers ‘behaved like animals’ with one man was stabbed and six in hospital

    Ikea’s Tottenham store first opened its doors in February 2005, but faced ugly scenes as a midnight opening descended into violence just 30 분.

    주위에 6,000 shoppers came to the store with the promise of time-limited bargains but fights broke out, cars were abandoned and customers were injured in heavy crushes.

    A man in his 20s was stabbed and would-be bargain-hunters suffered heat exhaustion as crowds in their thousands forced the superstore to close.

    Six people had to be taken to hospital, with Ikea blaming the chaos on ‘an unforeseen volume of customerstrying to cram into the site.

    Tottenham MP David Lammy said Ikea should have known offering cheap prices in a deprived area would cause such a rush.

    The store had to remain closed for a period of time while safety issued were addressed and damaged doors repaired.

    An Ikea spokesperson said: ‘I think it’s fair to say we misjudged it and maybe were a bit naive, but some shoppers behaved like animals and started shoving and pushing everyone else. There’s not much we can do to stop that.

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    The closure follows an ‘extensive assessmentof its UK stores ‘in line with changing shopping behaviours’.

    작년, online sales represented half of Ikea’s total purchases amid increasing demand for different services and a desire for accelerated deliveries, a statement added.

    결과적으로, the Swedish furniture giants are also opening a new fulfilment centre in Dartford, 켄트, in December later this yearallowing it to provide a 24-hour delivery service across the capital.

    It comes as Ikea has tweaked its strategy in recent years towards adding inner-city store formats besides its giant out-of-town warehouse stores to reflect changing shopping behaviour.

    It opened its first inner-city full-range store in Paris in 2019.

    But a store on Tottenham Court Road, named the ‘Ikea Planning Studiowhich specialised in kitchens and bedrooms,, opened in October 2018 before closing permanently in July 2021 after ‘careful evaluation’.

    The retailer is now entering a consultation period with the 450 employees affected by the closure of the Tottenham store, but claims it is ‘committed to retaining as many as possible’.

    이상 600 vacancies will be created in London before the proposed closure, a statement added, priority for which will be given to the employees.

    Peter Jelkeby, Country Retail Manager and Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA UK & Ireland said: ‘Taking care of our co-workers is our highest priority and we will lead with respect and compassion throughout the process.

    ‘The decision to propose closing the Tottenham store has not been taken lightly but we believe it is the right thing to do for our customers and business as we strengthen our position for the future.

    ‘We will do everything we can to support the co-workers affected and our hope is that as many as possible will continue their career journey with us.

    IKEA has five other London storesin Croydon, 그녀는 법원에 말했다, Hammersmith, Lakeside and Wembley.

    The Tottenham site will remain open with normal opening hours until further notice.

    Ikea’s Tottenham store first opened its doors in February 2005, but faced ugly scenes as a midnight opening descended into violence just 30 분.

    주위에 6,000 shoppers came to the store with the promise of time-limited bargains but fights broke out, cars were abandoned and customers were injured in heavy crushes.

    A man in his 20s was stabbed and would-be bargain-hunters suffered heat exhaustion as crowds in their thousands forced the superstore to close.

    Six people had to be taken to hospital, with Ikea blaming the chaos on ‘an unforeseen volume of customerstrying to cram into the site.

    Tottenham MP David Lammy said Ikea should have known offering cheap prices in a deprived area would cause such a rush.

    The store had to remain closed for a period of time while safety issued were addressed and damaged doors repaired.

    An Ikea spokesperson said: ‘I think it’s fair to say we misjudged it and maybe were a bit naive, but some shoppers behaved like animals and started shoving and pushing everyone else. There’s not much we can do to stop that.

    Thousands of people pictured at the Tottenham Ikea store in February 2005, when the shop was forced to close just 30 minutes into its grand midnight opening

    Thousands of people pictured at the Tottenham Ikea store in February 2005, when the shop was forced to close just 30 minutes into its grand midnight opening

    An injured person is stretchered away by paramedics following the opening of the Ikea store in north London in February 2005

    An injured person is stretchered away by paramedics following the opening of the Ikea store in north London in February 2005

    Police pictured at the entrance to the store, where a man was stabbed and bargain hunters suffered heat exhaustion following the midnight opening of the store 17 여러 해 전에

    Police pictured at the entrance to the store, where a man was stabbed and bargain hunters suffered heat exhaustion following the midnight opening of the store 17 여러 해 전에

    Customers queuing at the Ikea Tottenham store in Edmonton, 노스 런던, on the first day of its reopening on June 1, 2020, when Covid restrictions were loosened

    Customers queuing at the Ikea Tottenham store in Edmonton, 노스 런던, on the first day of its reopening on June 1, 2020, when Covid restrictions were loosened

    A member of staff wearing a mask at Ikea's store in Tottenham following its reopening in June 2020

    A member of staff wearing a mask at Ikea’s store in Tottenham following its reopening in June 2020

    Plans to open a smaller store follows the grand opening of a mini shop in Hammersmith, 웨스트 런던, 지난 달.

    The Hammersmith store, which opened on February 24, is around one quarter of the size of a traditional Ikea site, 와 4,000 product lines on display and 1,800 available to take away on the same day.

    The shop, set across two floors, focuses on home accessories and soft furnishings, while larger furniture items will are display and can be ordered for home delivery or delivery to nearby collection points.

    It also features a Swedish delicatessen serving hot and cold traditional delicacies for dine-in and takeaway, including Smorrebrod open sandwiches, Nordic Chicken Caesar and Swedish Mazarina popular type of tart.

    There are also variations of Ikea’s traditional meatballs, including plant balls. The delilocated on the edge of the siteopens an hour earlier than the main store, to allow commuters to ‘grab and go’.

    In October last year, Ikea agreed to buy the iconic former flagship store of fashion chain Topshop in Oxford Circus from the administrators of bankrupt owner Arcadia Group, as part of its push to open inner-city outlets.

    Krister Mattson, head of the investment arm of Ingka Group which owns most Ikea stores, said at the time that three floors of the Oxford Street building would be turned into an Ikea store due to open in the summer or autumn of 2023.