Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re aware that IKEA PH will open its first store in the Philippines in 2021 at the SM Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City—you’re probably counting down the days. We recently showed you what the massive store would look like when it opens and some famous pieces from the Swedish furniture purveyor. In case you missed it, IKEA’s online store will open ahead of its actual location, so you’ll be able to stock up on stunning Scandinavian home furnishings sooner than you think.
And just when we thought things couldn’t get any better, here’s some more great news to look forward to. IKEA is interested in opening stores in additional provinces in the Philippines, including Iloilo, Cebu, Cagayan De Oro, Baguio, Davao, and Metro Manila.
The final locations for the succeeding IKEA branches, on the other hand, are still to be determined. Georg Platzer, Market Development Manager at IKEA Philippines, adds that selecting the correct location is crucial because the store will require “a well-developed infrastructure, roads, public transportation, and electrical supply” due to the high volume of visitors. Due to the high number of commodities being delivered overseas to the Philippines, they would also require “a solid logistics network.”
Though no location for the future IKEA shop has been confirmed, the Swedish ambassador to the Philippines, Harald Fries, told Iloilo Today that after visiting the region in March 2019, he would “inform [his] colleagues from IKEA that they should look at Iloilo City since it is a fantastic place for them.”
If the first IKEA store in the Philippines is any indicator, the following several locations may take some time to finalize and open, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In any case, we can’t wait to visit every IKEA store that begins around the country in the future years!
Meanwhile, here are some of the things we’re most enthusiastic about in the Philippines’ first IKEA store:
It will be the world’s largest IKEA store.
The first IKEA shop in the Philippines will also be the world’s largest, spanning over 65,000 square meters. “A typical IKEA shop is approximately 35,000 square meters in size. The one we’ve created will be about 65,000 square meters in length. That is the equivalent of over 150 basketball courts, “Christian Rojkjaer, Managing Director of IKEA Southeast Asia, agrees. The shop floor is similar to those of other IKEA shops worldwide. Still, the general area is more significant due to the store’s enormous warehouse, e-commerce facility, and integrated call center.
The shop will be connected to the mall.
You can relax if you’re concerned about getting to IKEA from the mall. The IKEA shop will be connected to the mall by direct pathways, making it highly accessible to mall visitors.
There will be a children’s play area.
While you’re off shopping, drop the kids off at the IKEA Playroom. Don’t worry; it’s monitored, so you can rest assured that they’ll be safe and sound while you go shopping.
Yes, an IKEA Restaurant will be located at IKEA Philippines.
If you didn’t know, each IKEA store across the world has its full-service restaurant, and the same can be valid for the much-anticipated IKEA store in Manila. We’re even more thrilled to be able to taste the Swedish furniture company’s famous meatballs without having to leave the country!
The store will have approximately 9,000 things to choose from.
IKEA enthusiasts will be thrilled to learn that IKEA Philippines will carry over 9,000 products in-store and online. We don’t even know where to begin!
And, yes, you can anticipate the exact budget-friendly pricing.
Because it just makes no sense to double or triple the pricing of IKEA’s popular DIY furniture. “We always aim to give the lowest market costs to ensure that our range is affordable to as many people as possible,” says Georg Platzer, Market Development Manager (and future IKEA Store Manager in Manila).
We can hardly wait!