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IKEA to open first urban store in trendy Tokyo district

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IKEA to open first urban store in trendy Tokyo district

IKEA to open first urban store in trendy Tokyo district
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SUSANA VERA(Reuters)
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TOKYO (Reuters) - IKEA plans to open its first store in central Tokyo in 2020 and has chosen a neighbourhood that draws young shoppers and tourists, in a departure from its usual suburban locations.

The 2,500 square metre shop will open in the spring of 2020 in Tokyo's Harajyuku district, which is known as a mecca for youth fashion and also attracts tourists, IKEA Japan said on Thursday in a statement on its website.

After decades of rapid growth, the world's biggest furniture brand is battling to adapt to the rise of online rivals such as Amazon <AMZN.O> and made.com, while also trying to maintain its hallmark affordability amid rising raw material and other costs.

Inter IKEA, the owner of the IKEA furniture brand, reported a drop in annual underlying profit on Monday, hit by higher wood and metal prices.

(Reporting by Stanley White; Editing by Alexander Smith)

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