IKEA Opens First New York City Location

New York City IKEA opened its first store in New York City, in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, on Wednesday. The location is the Swedish retailer’s 35th in the United States.

While the store has space for 1,400 cars, there is an emphasis on using public transportation to get there. Two city bus lines serve the area, and Ikea is offering free shuttle service from three of the nearest subway stations and a free ferry service from lower Manhattan.

The 346,000-sq.-ft. store is similar to other iKEA locations in the products it carries, but there are a couple of things that make the location unique, including a 6.52-acre waterfront esplanade open to the public.

The store will offer home delivery of furniture, but it will also offer a service that's only found in the Brooklyn location—customers buying small household items can arrange for a courier service to deliver those as well.