Ikea delay opening of Greenwich store

Thanks to eagle eyed reader Sarkies_Proxy on Twitter, who’s always on the ball with local events for this post after he highlighted that Ikea have quietly slipped out news of a delay in the opening date of their Greenwich branch.

Last autumn when construction was in its early stages they were aiming for completion and opening by the end of this year – preferably before Christmas.

The site as seen last month

Now their website has an opening date of early 2019 which means missing the Christmas period and Boxing Day sales.

In practice this could only mean a few weeks delay and not much more of a wait for your meatball, hot dog and billy bookcase fix.

Then again who knows if it will drag on longer. The Brocklebank retail park just to the east containing Aldi, Primark, Mothercare and Next finally opened late last year around 18 months behind schedule.

I recently covered how building work was looking as well as the street network in surrounding areas which many fear will become (even more) gridlocked.

This give Greenwich Council more time to sort out the atrocious roads and pedestrian routes in the area. This should be a nice guide to use:

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    3 thoughts on “Ikea delay opening of Greenwich store

    • Oh dear! Do you have any details on how the Council are planning to improve roads infrastructure to accommodate this? The whole area from the A2 roundabout B&Q and both routes to Sainsbury’s (past Aldi or under the train tracks towards Charlton station) are a complete no go grid lock now on the weekends.

      • There’s no plans or details in the public domain. Given history with other large stores in area (Sainsburys and M&S then Brocklebank retail park with Aldi, Primark etc) there won’t be by the time it opens. Income will sit in accounts unspent.

    • Always thought positioning IKEA at that location wasn’t a good move. Perhaps buying/using land in the direction towards the Woolwich ferry would have being better. You could have parking space exclusive for IKEA customers etc .


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