We know you've been waiting for years for IKEA to finally open the doors to their first store in Manila located in Pasay City. While the highly anticipated store opening is slated to happen in 2021, the good news is they'll be opening their online store months before they launch their physical store.
"The company is bringing Swedish home furnishings and meatballs to millions more people in the coming year as it enters both Mexico and the Philippines, with online shops opening up months before the physical stores in both countries," they write in a press release.
No launch date for the IKEA online store was announced yet though. Right now, IKEA's Philippine website is up and running but without the shopping feature. You can browse through their "Ideas" section where you can get inspo on how to use and style IKEA's build-it-yourself furniture once you can finally shop them locally, as well as a "Ways to Shop" section, which lists down all the ways you can get your hands on IKEA items. "We know people love to touch and test our products in the IKEA store. But we also want to make it as easy as possible for people to shop, anytime. That’s why e-commerce is part of our plans. To start, our web shop will be deliver within Metro Manila," their website says.
In the meantime, here are some of the things we're most excited about in the first IKEA branch in the Philippines:
It will be the largest IKEA store in the world
Spanning about 65,000 square meters, the first IKEA store in the Philippines will also be the world's largest IKEA. "A typical IKEA store is around 35,000 square meters. The one we have designed will be around 65,000 square meters. That's equivalent to more than 150 basketball courts," shares Christian Rojkjaer, Managing Director of IKEA Southeast Asia. Though the shop floor is more or less the same as other IKEA stores in the world, the overall size is bigger because of the store's large warehouse, e-commerce facility, and integrated call center.
The store will be linked to the mall
If you're worried about having a hard time getting to IKEA from the mall, you can breathe easy. The IKEA store will be linked to the mall through direct walkways, making it super accessible to mall goers.
There will be a play area for children
You can take a break from ate/kuya duties while you shop! Don't worry, it's supervised.
Yes, IKEA Philippines will house an IKEA Restaurant
In case you didn't know, every IKEA store in the world houses its own full-service restaurant, so the same can be said about the highly anticipated IKEA store in Manila. Now we're even more excited to finally be able to enjoy the Swedish furniture brand's famous meatballs without having to leave the country!
There will be over 9,000 products to shop in the store
IKEA fans will be pleased to know that IKEA Philippines will offer more than 9,000 products in store and online. We already don't know where to begin!
And yup, you can expect the same wallet-friendly price points
Because it just doesn't make sense if they double or triple the prices of IKEA's popular DIY furniture. "We always strive to offer the lowest prices in the market to make sure that our range is affordable for as many people as possible," shares Georg Platzer, Market Development Manager (and future IKEA Store Manager in Manila).
We can't wait for 2021!
For more information, log on to IKEA Philippines' website.
This story originally appeared on Spot.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.