Ingka Centres opens sixth meeting place in China
03 November 2021 - Ingka Centres, part of the Ingka Group (which also includes IKEA Retail and Ingka Investments), announces the launch of Livat Nanning, a new meeting place in China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
The new meeting place has been created within the existing IKEA store following a €130 mln. (RMB 1bn) redevelopment to create almost 18,500 m2 GLA of sustainable mixed-use space across five levels. It houses over 80 domestic and foreign brands, including Uniqlo, Decathlon, Starbucks Reserve and popular restaurant chain, Guixiaochu. The opening of Nanning will create over 650 workplaces in the area.
Livat Nanning is an exciting new retail-led destination for brands, customers and local residents. The IKEA store is seamlessly integrated within the meeting place, creating a unique experience that includes a significant emphasis on food and beverage, leisure and entertainment experiences, catering for the needs of nearby workers, residents and visitors.
Livat Nanning also provides a range of community and family friendly spaces, fashion, retail, online services, entertainment and home furnishing inspiration, offering a new place for Wuxiang’s community to shop, eat, relax, learn and spend time with family and friends.
Nicknamed the ‘Green City of China,’ Nanning is renowned for its strong ecological and sustainability credentials and having previously won the ‘UN Habitat of Scroll of Honour award.’ Ingka Centres will look to reflect this at Livat Nanning, working closely alongside IKEA, its tenants and partners to encourage the Wuxiang community to live healthier, happier and more sustainable lifestyles.
Cindy Andersen, Ingka Centres Managing Director commented: “The launch of Livat Nanning is another exciting step in our journey of changing the ways people shop, meet, and spend their time. Together with IKEA and our partners, Livat Nanning brings an inspiring blend of local and global brands and cuisine, digital services, and family-friendly experiences, tailored towards the needs and aspirations of our local communities and visitors.”
The launch of Livat Nanning follows the successful opening of two new meeting places in China, with Livat Changsha and Fuzhou opening its doors earlier this year. The former has already attracted two million visitors in its first two months of operation, proving how Ingka Centres continue to deliver rewarding and popular experiences for its visitors and communities.
Nanning is the capital of China’s Guangxi Zhuang region in south-west China. The city is known for its growing tech industry as well as more traditional manufacturing, such as printing and papermaking. Nanning is surrounded by an abundance of parks, mountains and caves, including Nanning People’s Park and Qingxiu Mountain. The Zhaung population, which resides in Nanning, are the largest minority group in China. The design of the new meeting place draws inspiration from local Zhuang traditional hand-woven fabrics.
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