Ikea has announced it will open a store in Brighton.

The Swedish furniture giant and its operational company Ingka have bought the Churchill Square shopping centre.

Ikea City will sell around 6,000 of the brand’s best-loved products as it takes on the former Debenhams store.

The new Ikea store will be the third City store in the UK, following launches in Hammersmith last year and Oxford Street in 2024.

Peter Jelkeby, country retail manager and chief sustainability officer at Ikea UK and Ireland, said: “We’re delighted to continue expanding and investing throughout the UK to make it easier and more sustainable for people to shop at Ikea.

“Sussex has long been an area of interest to us, and we really look forward to bringing Ikea closer to where our customers live, work and socialise and becoming a part of this vibrant community.”

Ikea City will also include a Swedish deli, where customers can buy the retailer's famous meatballs, with a plant-based equivalent also available.

The Argus: The Ikea City store in HammersmithThe Ikea City store in Hammersmith (Image: Ikea)

Ingka says it will transform Churchill Square from a traditional retail space into a meeting place “that is much more than just a shop”.

The company has also bought Chartwell Court, a residential tower block on the site, two attached car parks and a leasehold on a third car park.

Cindy Andersen, Ingka’s managing director, said: “Brighton is known as a welcoming and progressive city, so it is a real privilege to take up responsibility for delivering a revitalised meeting place of which people can be truly proud.

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“We are excited to strengthen our portfolio with a well-established shopping destination in the heart of the vibrant and growing city of Brighton and Hove.

“It fits perfectly into our global expansion strategy, allowing us to transform a traditional retail space to a meeting place that is much more than just a place to shop.

“We’ve proven in Hammersmith that traditional shopping centres have a strong future when they are adapted and constantly evolving to match the real needs of local communities.”

An opening date for the Ikea City store has not yet been confirmed.