IKEA to open first second-hand store in Sweden this year.
This autumn, IKEA will open the doors to its first true second-hand store in Sweden. And no, we’re not talking about the As-Is bargain corner or ongoing buy back efforts by IKEA.
In there, visitors will be able to shop for IKEA furniture and furnishings that has been given new life after being repaired and restored to its former glory. But at a much lower price.
The store will be located in the ReTuna shopping mall in Eskilstuna, the world’s first second-hand shopping centre.
Going circular in ten years
At the same time, IKEA is using this store to test and develop a sustainable business model for the future. The aim is to become a fully circular business by 2030, where all materials are renewable and recyclable.
Alongside this, IKEA hopes to make it easier for customers to extend the life of their furniture and products.
Jonas Carlehed, head of sustainability at IKEA Sweden together with Sofia Bystedt, center manager for ReTuna Återbruksgalleria. Photo: Henrik Mill / IKEA
“At IKEA, we want to be part of leading the transition to a more sustainable and fair Sweden. If we are to achieve our sustainability goals, we need to challenge ourselves and test our ideas in practice. Climate change cannot be solved in theory, it must be solved through good examples in everyday life,” says Jonas Carlehed, head of sustainability at IKEA Sweden in a press statement.
It is no coincidence that IKEA chooses to open its first second-hand store in Eskilstuna. This is where the ReTuna recycling mall is located, which has attracted international attention since it opened five years ago. Unlike other malls, ReTuna exclusively houses shops that sell reused, organic or sustainable products.
IKEA Västerås will manage the second-hand store and supply the store with returned and damaged products. Then, at ReTuna, the store repairs and give them a new chance at new life in new homes.
If this proves a success, we may just see more second-hand stores around the globe. I can’t think of a better place to shop for deals and materials to hack.