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World’s biggest Ikea store will open in the Philippines in 2020, continuing retailer’s rapid Asia expansion

  • Ikea will spend an initial US$134 million to build, stock, and staff the store, which will carry 9,000 products
  • The company has more than 400 outlets in more than 50 countries. It posted retail sales of US$44 billion in the year to August 31
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 November, 2018, 1:32pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 November, 2018, 2:07pm

The world’s largest Ikea store will open in 2020 in the Philippines as the Swedish furniture retailer presses on its bets in Asia.

Ikea will debut a 65,000sqm store in SM Prime Holdings’ Mall of Asia where it’s leasing a space that’s equal to more than 150 basketball courts, Ikea Southeast Asia Managing Director Christian Rojkjaer said at the launch of the Philippine website. A typical Ikea “big blue box” is about 35,000sqm.

Ikea will spend an initial 7 billion pesos (US$134 million) to build, stock, and staff the store, which will carry 9,000 products, Rojkjaer said. The Manila complex will have a two-level shop, a warehouse, an e-commerce facility and a call centre that will serve more than 5 million households within a 60-minute radius. The company will employ 500 staff.

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The Philippines, where the growing middle class is forecast to spend more than Italy’s by 2030, has a population of more than 105 million people dominated by a working-age demographic. The economy has expanded above 6 per cent for 13 straight quarters, fuelled by private consumption which makes up the bulk of gross domestic product.

The world’s largest furniture retailer is expanding rapidly in Asia. It debuted the first of 25 stores in India in August. Last week, it said it will open the first city centre store in Tokyo in 2020 near one of its busiest metro stations. Ikea has three outlets in Malaysia and two each in Thailand and Singapore. It also has a plan to open in Vietnam.

The Mall of Asia complex sits across Manila’s gaming district where integrated casino resorts worth more than US$1 billion each have sprouted and attracted mainland Chinese tourist traffic that has driven up property prices.