Most of the time, deciding to shop in-store at IKEA requires access to a vehicle—especially if large pieces of furniture will be purchased—but in recent years, the Swedish furniture giant has been experimenting with new IKEA store formats that are better suited to urban spaces.
Due to the number of products displayed and stored on-site, most IKEA stores have large footprints and generously sized parking lots. In Vienna, a seven-storey IKEA destination is in development and it is strategically situated next to public transit. As IKEA puts it, "The whole building is geared towards pedestrians, subway and streetcar riders, and cyclists—there is no space for cars." Fortunately for customers, anything that can't be easily carried off-site can be delivered in one of the company's electric vans.
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