Mumbai, August 10: Swedish furniture major Ikea, which recently opened its first India store in Hyderabad on Thursday, is expected to launch its Mumbai store in the year 2019, according to a top executive, said media reports. The report also mentioned that the Mumbai store is under construction and that customers can expect the shop to open next summer.
Ikea's India country manager Peter Betzel, told news agency Reuters that India will be one of Ikea's biggest sourcing markets in the coming years.
Earlier, customers thronged IKEA's first store in India as it was inaugurated in Hyderabad on Thursday. John Achillea, IKEA's Managing Director for Telangana, Telangana's IT Minister K. T. Rama Rao and other key individuals of the Sweden-based furniture retail company inaugurated the store.
Speaking to ANI, Achillea said, "I am so excited today, we can see so many customers visiting in the building. It's just a phenomenal feeling. We have every product under one roof, so whether you are looking for a sofa, bed, children's furniture, or home accessories for every room, it's all under one roof."
Coming to the Mumbai store, Ikea is expected to go beyond the usual task of selling furniture. For example, home furnishing consultancy is a feature that the company is expected to introduce in its store. The Ikea Family Members programme, expected to be launched by the company, enables a customer to have personal meetings with company's co-workers, allowing the customers to understand their needs and get suggestions.