IKEA Philippines is open
Largest in the world
Image credit: SM Mall of Asia Official FB page
The biggest IKEA store in the world opened its doors in the Mall of Asia, Pasay City, on Thursday, November 25, 2021. Covering almost 68,000 square metres (730,000 sq. ft.) on its five floors, IKEA Philippines is slightly larger than the Palace of Versailles and houses a huge showroom, dining area, warehouse, and a call centre to back up its e-commerce arm.
Present during the ceremonial ribbon-cutting were the Swedish Ambassador to the Philippines Annika Thunborg, IKEA Philippines store manager Georg Platzer, Pasay City Rep. Antonino Calixto, Pasay City Mayor Imelda Calixto-Rubiano and SM Supermalls President Steven Tan. Also present were Philippine trade secretary Ramon Lopez and foreign minister Teodoro Locsin. The special guests were served IKEA’s famous Swedish meatballs with a special Pinoy touch – adobo sauce.
“Our journey started in 2016 by visiting Filipino homes to ask what life at home means for them, and what can be done better,” Platzer said. “We found people that shared the love for family and their home with us and it certainly inspired us a lot.
“After several years of preparation, we are finally ready now to live up to our vision of creating a better everyday life for the many people of the Philippines because we transferred our learnings into a beautiful store full of inspiring solutions,” he added.
To adhere to safety protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic, IKEA Philippines will only be receiving a limited number of people per day via an online booking system. Customers must wear masks and observe distancing.
The Swedish firm currently has nine stores in Southeast Asia.
Source: GMA News