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Ikea to open first Japanese city-center store in 2020

New outlet highlights shift from big suburban locations to small urban showrooms

Artist's rendering of Ikea's first Japanese city-center store (Illustration courtesy of Ikea)

TOKYO -- Ikea announced on Thursday plans to launch its first city-center store in Japan, targeting mainly young shoppers and foreign tourists.

To be located in Tokyo's trendy Harajuku district, the store is scheduled to open in spring 2020. Construction of the building that will house the 2,500-sq.-meter outlet is currently underway by NTT Urban Development.

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