Ingka Centres offers places where the many people meet.

We are on a journey
to create a new kind
of meeting place

Re-inventing the meeting place idea

Nowadays, there’s a lot of talk about how the world is changing and how the retail industry has to adapt to new trends in order to survive. In our market, the idea of “meeting place” is a hot topic – but it’s not a brand-new concept.

As many others, we also believe that, for our spaces to face the future, we need to shift to a completely new idea, something that moves away from the traditional notion of “shopping centres” and “retail parks.”

What we propose is a different interpretation of the concept of “meeting place” – our own, unique way of creating spaces where everyone can, not only find what they need, but also grow, learn, connect, meet and have fun.

Embracing also local communities, local authorities and our partners, our own interpretation of meeting place starts from the many people – because, after all, they are not simply consumers, they are those who change the world.

Our business idea

Together with IKEA and other partners we co-create virtual and physical meeting places where the many can meet, find what they need, and connect with their communities and the world.

Collaboration between our partners and our co-workers is one way we create meeting places for the many people.

We create our future. Together.

Sometimes there’s a long way between ideating a new concept and putting it into practice. But we believe we have found a way to make things happen in a good way – and quickly too.

If it’s true that there’s strength and safety in numbers, then why not create our future together? Just imagine the possibilities: thousands of ideas, strong resources and lots of people who work together to create new and innovative initiatives every day for themselves and for those around them.

Co-creation for us means to brainstorm and join forces with IKEA Retail, our partners, the local communities and the many people to make everyone’s dreams come true and create meeting places everyone can enjoy.

Our co-creation stories


Bags full of care

This is a story of love – love for fashion, but mostly love for people. And it starts with a simple, but wonderful idea.
One of the chefs from the Algarve Chef Experience cooking a dish on the kitchen hob.

Where the many flavours meet

At MAR Shopping in Loulé (Portugal) there’s a place where four starred chefs skillfully blend different flavours in haute cuisine dishes – at petits prices.

“Taking care of our elders is taking care of our future”

Co-workers and tenants from the LIVAT Centre Wuxi (China) came together to spread love and warmth at a local senior care home.

The Campus RÍO is an idea of the RÍO Shopping, located in Valladolid, Spain.

From workplace to a great place to work

How to transform a workplace into a place tailored to your co-workers needs? Our team at RÍO Shopping in Valladolid (Spain) tested a simple way to find out.

LEGO bricks, used for the “Put it together and take it” masterclasses at MEGA centres in Russia.

Building up creativity, one LEGO brick at a time

Our MEGA centres in Russia teamed up with certified LEGO stores to create an unforgettable experience for children – and parents, too!

At Ingka Centres we care about people and planet.

Better for the people, better for the planet

We all experience it every day: the climate is changing and our planet is changing along with it. As resources are scarcer than before and need to be shared by many more, lots of people are looking for new opportunities or even for new places to call “home”.

From our side, there’s a lot we can do. Instead of tackling what others see as problems, we want to embrace them as challenges, drivers for innovation and reasons to develop as a business.

It’s all about finding a balance between living up to our promises to the many people and preserving the resources of our planet – and we want to reach this harmony through close collaboration with our tenants, the local communities and our stakeholders with the needs of each specific meeting place in focus.

That’s why, together with the Ingka Group, we have created a sustainability strategy that by 2030 will bring us to run meeting places that will be more people and planet positive.

Because, if the planet thrives, the many people thrive too.

Ingka Centres people and planet positive aims and goals

  • 80% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030
  • BREEAM or LEED certifications for all our existing meeting places
  • Converting to renewable heating and cooling by 2020
  • Purchasing renewable energy – aiming for 100% by 2025
  • Collaborate with tenants and other partners to promote products and services with circular capabilities
  • By 2021, achieve and maintain full compliance with IKEA’s Code of Conduct for suppliers of products, materials and services to IKEA (IWAY) to improve social, environmental and labour conditions of all people performing tasks or services on- and off-site
  • Secure that the requirements of our own operations meet or exceed those of our suppliers
  • Undertake robust community engagement processes as part of all expansion planning and projects