Soon, you will no longer have to travel all the way to Malaysia or South Korea to shop for your favorite home accessories in IKEA.
Rumors have been circulating for years, but the Swedish furniture giant has finally made an official announcement — they will be opening their first store in the country in the Mall of Asia (MOA) Complex by late 2020.
At 65,000 square meters, IKEA Philippines will be their biggest store in the world. A typical IKEA store is approximately 35,000 square meters big, while the current largest, at 59,000 square meters, is located near KTX Gwangmyeong Station in Seoul, South Korea.
IKEA has been aggressive with their expansion in Asia. Just this year, the company opened the first of its planned 25 stores in India, and a massive 2nd store in Bangkok, Thailand’s outskirts.
Manila’s blue box will be two-storeys high and will be the equivalent of the size of more than 150 basketball courts.
The complex will house 9,000 products, a warehouse, a call center, a showroom, check-out stands, an e-commerce facility, and of course, a restaurant where you can enjoy the world-famous Swedish meatballs.
While construction is still underway, the IKEA Philippines website is already live. Aside from their physical store in Metro Manila, delivery options and home transport services are currently being explored.
IKEA is known worldwide for offering stylish yet affordable furniture and homeware, this will also hold true for the Manila store with promises of prices being even lower than its local competitors.
The expansion to Manila will reportedly cost the company a whopping 7 billion pesos. IKEA Philippines is SM’s biggest tenant to date.
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