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•  From Axios:

"San Francisco's hotly anticipated IKEA, which opens Wednesday, will serve as the company's first U.S. location for its Swedish Bite and Swedish Deli stores … Both will offer 'sustainable, plant-based options' separate from IKEA's traditional food hall."

According to the story, "Swedish Bite will sell refrigerated meals and vegan cinnamon buns, while Swedish Deli will sell IKEA's popular Swedish meatballs as well as vegan alternatives and a range of other hot dishes."

The new San Francisco IKEA is opening at a time when other retailers are closing stores and fleeing the city, which has been troubled by crime, homelessness and addiction issues that have been exacerbated by a business climate adversely affected by pandemic-era issues such as the work-from-home trend.

Axios notes that "the new, 85,000-square-foot IKEA will feature three levels and will showcase a range of home furnishing items focused on 'affordability, sustainability and small-space living'."