Ikea has opened a second huge furniture store in India with the largest daycare center in the world. Hundreds of customers poured into the sales areas – despite the Corona crisis. But there are rules.
The Swedish furniture giant Ikea has opened its second store in India – and hundreds of customers stormed the huge hall on the edge of the metropolis of Mumbai despite the corona pandemic. The new Ikea market has a restaurant with 1,000 seats, 10,000 little ones can be left in childcare – it is the largest Smaland in the world. Due to the corona pandemic, only 2,500 customers are allowed to enter the furniture store for the time being.
Ikea has already allocated time slots for this – the next two weeks are already booked out. “That exceeds all of our expectations,” said manager Preeti Budhraja. Ikea offers a mix of Scandinavian and Indian design in India. The restaurant also has Köttbullar – but without beef or pork, plus popular dishes such as the rice dish Biryani.
Ikea opened its first house in India two years ago in Hyderabad. Budhraja said two smaller houses are to be added in Mumbai by the end of 2021.