Ikea seek to expand Greenwich store opening times

Ikea have submitted plans to expand opening hours at their forthcoming Greenwich superstore.

When approved the store opening times were 10am to 10pm. This new plan is only a mild revision – changing opening from 10am to 9:30am for browsing and visiting the cafe – yet would pull forward traffic into the end of the morning rush hour in an already congested area around the Blackwall Tunnel.

Blackwall approach traffic

It would also offer more overlap with traffic heading to St Mary Magdalene school which opened this month and is located just a few hundreds metres away. Currently 450 pupils attend but that will expand to 1,650 in coming months and years including a sixth form in 2019.

New school took first pupils in early November

The store is heading to completion and due to open in early 2019. The process of opening a store has seen many arguments between local people who worry transport infrastructure is lacking and Greenwich Council who has espoused the new jobs element of the store.

Since the shop plan was approved other contentious further submissions by Ikea have caused controversy – including installing a 150 ft advertising pole first revealed on this site.

I recently took a trip to see how it was progressing.

Click here to view plans.


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3 thoughts on “Ikea seek to expand Greenwich store opening times

  • I hope all companies including IKEA will be forced to be part of revamping the local roads and realm. There a lot of space to be used, so hopefully wisely

  • They’ve all given money to Greenwich Council to do so. The council have tens of millions from local developments. Ikea gave £1.7 million for transport work

  • Yet Greenwich Council just sits on this money for years rather than using it for the intended purposes the money from developers was provided for.


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