Ikea is coming back to the Niagara Region but it’s going to look a lot different.


Last Wednesday IKEA announced plans for a Pen Centre location called a  Design Studio which is a new concept for Canada and assists people in the design and planning process of their kitchens, bathrooms, and living spaces with the help of IKEA staff.

A statement from Toronto-area IKEA manager Niclas Karlsson-Järnkrok said, “The IKEA Design Studio is one of the many ways we’re delivering local, relevant home furnishing solutions to meet these evolving needs in a meaningful way.”

At the new location, people will be able to book one-on-one appointments with staff or use one of their self-serve kiosks to order furnishings.

The site itself will be a lot smaller than traditional IKEA stores with a few select items on display which won’t be available for immediate takeaway. IKEA has also stated that the Design Studio is only temporary, expecting it to call the Pen Centre home for 12 to 18 months.

Ikea was previously at the Fairview Mall as a pick-up centre for orders, before closing in January 2020.

The St. Catharines Design Studio is expected to open in late-October to early-November and will also be opening stores in London and Brampton.

For more information visit the IKEA website HERE.



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