We can’t emphasize enough our love for anything IKEA, that is why we got so excited to hear / read any news on when it will actually open its first “gigantic” flagship store here in the Philippines.
The new IKEA Philippines is said to be the popular Swedish furniture company’s largest physical store in the world. It will be located at the SM Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.
First news that we got about IKEA Philippines is that it was supposed to open this year (2020), however even before the pandemic we heard that this was moved to an unknown date.
Last October 2020, we got an update that IKEA Philippines will open its online store ahead of its physical store. This is maybe due to the fact that because of the pandemic, people’s behavior to shop changed. More and more, we see people shop online with platforms like Lazada, Shopee and even Facebook Marketplace.
According to IKEA Managing Director for Southeast Asia and Mexico, Christian Rojkjaer “The COVID crisis changed how many of us value life at home”…. “At a time of urgent need, people turned to IKEA to set up home offices, study corners, outdoor living areas and functional kitchens. Many realized that home really counts, and it’s worth investing to make our living spaces comfortable, functional and beautiful.”
According to IKEA Philippines’ market development manager Georg Platzer, IKEA will be opening their Manila store in July 2021 and hire around 500 employees in the country.
Check out full interview at James Deakin’s online talk show Tito’Clock below:
Here’s hoping that this opening date will push through. Definitely we will be the first one in line come July 2021.
If you are looking on how you can get your hands on some IKEA products while we wait for IKEA Philippines to open, check out our list below:
You can also check our IKEA Haul VLOG here:1