Ikea in talks to buy former Topshop flagship store

Ikea is currently in talks to buy Topshop’s former flagship Oxford Street store.

The location would give the Swedish furniture giant a presence in the heart of one of London’s most popular shopping districts.

Topshop owner Arcadia Group went into administration in November last year.

Sir Philip Green’s retail empire failed to secure funding to pay debts after sales slumped due to the coronavirus crisis.

Ikea’s net income, on the other hand, rose in 2020 as people flocked to buy its furniture in between lockdowns.

Apollo Global Management, the private equity firm which lent against the building in 2019, will receive the bulk of the proceeds from the sale, which was first reported by the Daily Telegraph. The remaining cash will go to the Arcadia pension scheme, which had a huge deficit when the group collapsed.

Ikea is known for having large out-of-town stores as well as smaller city centre stores, such as its first ever planning studio in Tottenham Court Road, central London.

Now it is interested in buying the 214 Oxford Street three-storey building, which has been up for sale since May.

Nike and Vans currently have shops in the building, but they will not need to close when the Arcadia asset is sold.

In 2018, the Swedish furniture giant was considering opening bigger branches in busy city centres.

However, following several coronavirus lockdowns Ikea said that shoppers’ habits were changing and moving online.

As a result, the retailer announced in July that it would no longer be opening a store at the New Monks Farm development in Lancing, West Sussex, and instead rely on its e-commerce site to serve customers in the area.