At last IKEA opened its second store in India last week and it was greeted by the masked shoppers to full house. However, the furniture major says that slots for the visitors are fully booked till 31st December. It may be noted that customers will have to pre-book to visit as there is the Covid-19 cap of the daily number.
“We are currently following a two-week advance booking. So, the availability of slots is likely to change every day, Do come back again to book your visit with us,” reads the message on IKEA’s web portal.
Spread across 5.3 lakh sq. ft., the new flagship houses a 1,000-seater restaurant as well as the largest children’s section of any Ikea store worldwide and can accommodate up to 10,000 people. Apart from that, the store has over 7,000 varieties of home furnishing products. For the foreseeable future however, only about 2,500 customers will be allowed to visit daily.
However, the good news is that IKEA also plans to set up two city-centre stores in Mumbai. The IKEA city centre stores would be smaller than the Navi Mumbai flagship store, which is a big format outlet.
After Mumbai, the furniture major plans to open its stores in Bangalore and Delhi. IKEA already has purchased the 14-acre land parcel in Bangalore and is constructing its third store. In Delhi too, IKEA has a land parcel in Gurgaon where work has started. Discussions are reportedly underway in NCR for the second parcel of land and the company is also looking for land for an additional outlet in Bangalore too.