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Removed from at this time’s massive bins with every thing from spoons to a whole kitchen and, after all, IKEA meat balls, the Swedish furnishings retailer’s starting in Poland was in a dreary metallic sheet shed in a dreary Warsaw district of Ursynow. Reportedly, it was the one constructing round with an entrance huge sufficient for getting a mattress by means of it.

The yr was 1990 and Poland had simply emerged from many years of communism solely a yr earlier. Consumerism had arrived, with cabinets of slick however inexpensive furnishings and equipment highlighting the failure of socialism to supply something anybody really wished to purchase.  

IKEA’S first retailer – known as the IKEA Begin Store and marketed as “Extraordinary furnishings retailer from Sweden” – supplied a little bit of every thing, prefer it nonetheless does at this time; besides the vary of things on provide was smaller and most consumers may solely afford a number of small objects. The common month-to-month wage in Poland again then was barely over $100.

Three many years on and the Polish IKEA caters to hundreds of thousands of consumers a yr. Almost uninterrupted financial progress and rising wages – the typical gross pay packet is a few 13 occasions bigger than it was in 1990 – have ensured an ever-expanding marketplace for the corporate’s merchandise.

At this time the Polish IKEA has 11 flagship shops throughout the nation – together with three in Warsaw – and one underneath building. These should not the tin sheds of the primary outlet, however the full-blown trademark yellow and blue labyrinths which can be so acquainted to the remainder of us. The group additionally operates a property improvement firm, 20 factories, and a banking companies offshoot, Ikano Financial institution.

The corporate’s dimension in Poland makes the nation of 38mn individuals the “second most essential nation for IKEA from the manufacturing perspective, simply after China,” in line with IKEA’s web site.

IKEA’s 2019 income from retail solely got here in at PLN5bn ($1.3bn), rising to only over PLN10bn, if all the group’s actions are accounted for.

In a barely less-known story, 1990 was solely the yr by which IKEA entered Poland as a retailer. Poland’s historical past of co-operating with the Swedish furnishings maker dates again many years earlier, to 1961, the yr IKEA ordered a furnishings manufacturing facility in Radomsko to ship 500 Ögla chairs product of bent beech wooden.

Moscow opening  

You may make a crude index from matching the opening of an IKEA outlet to a rustic’s financial improvement. The Polish IKEA opened when the nation had simply gained its independence however had but to style any of the fruits of the brand new financial ideology. The identical might be stated of the agency’s first Russian retailer that opened March 22, 2000, after Boris Yeltsin had resigned, however per week earlier than Vladimir Putin was elected president for the primary time, kicking off over a decade of speedy progress that remodeled the typical Russian’s life. The Swedish retailer appears to have an unerring knack of catching absolutely the nadir of transition economies and opening a retailer within the midst of political and financial chaos. Ukrainians have to be excited. They acquired their first IKEA retailer in February. One other wave of IKEA openings has lately swept the area as the corporate begins transferring into the smaller or most backward international locations.  

The opening of the Moscow department was an iconic second, on a par with the primary McDonalds that opened on Pushkin Sq. within the coronary heart of Moscow within the dying days of the Soviet Union. (These large Western multinationals have to maneuver into these markets early, as they’re there for the long run and the sooner they arrive the bigger the market share they will simply seize.)  

In March 2000 the chaos of Yeltsin’s 90s was about to finish. The legendary president had resigned on New Yr’s Eve a number of months earlier and the nation was about to vote in Vladimir Putin as president the next weekend. Issues had been altering quick however the materials enchancment within the high quality of life was not seen but. The economic system had collapsed in 1998, defaulting on $40bn value of the now notorious GKO bonds, and the ruble had devalued by three quarters in a single day. Many Russians this correspondent talked to in these days wished to depart for good.

However by 2000 the bounce-back was already underneath approach. The 1998 monetary disaster killed off what had been dubbed “the digital economic system”, the place enterprise was performed by means of barter, and the devaluation had pretty priced the foreign money so everybody began utilizing money once more. Whereas the likes of the Worldwide Financial Fund (IMF) had been predicting a return to hyperinflation and a chronic recession, what really occurred was an enormous bounce again and Russia’s economic system grew by 10% that yr – a file that has by no means been overwhelmed.

2000 marked the beginning of Russia’s center class and whereas the analysts wrung their palms within the aftermath of the 1998 meltdown, the individuals had been out on the streets, procuring or hanging out within the quite a few small cafes and restaurant that sprung up like mushrooms. Over the subsequent eight years wages rose by about 10% a yr as the federal government particularly tried to shut the earnings hole between the general public and the non-public sector.  

Putin known as on the elite to shut the hole and “meet up with Portugal”, then the poorest of the EU states. The economic system greater than doubled in dimension within the subsequent decade. Putin’s early successes have usually been credited to the rise in oil costs from the 1998 disaster low of $15 per barrel, however oil costs did not begin to climb till about 2003, once they ultimately soared to a peak of $150. What drove the growth within the early days was merely placing money again within the system.

On reflection, the choice to launch IKEA in 2000 appears impressed. In actual fact it was simply good luck. Lennart Dahlrgen was the final supervisor of IKEA’s Moscow retailer who arrived in August 1998 to set the enterprise up, just a few days after the ruble crashed.

“It was a bit unusual,” Dahlrgen instructed bne IntelliNews in March 2003 in an unique interview. “I used to be getting off the aircraft to launch a brand new enterprise and all the opposite expat managers had been getting on it to depart the nation following the crash.”

However the firm’s founder, Ingvar Kamprad, had lengthy been dedicated to Russia.

“Kamprad has at all times wished to have a retailer in Russia. He has been saying for the reason that 1960s that Russia was a gold mine. It has the inhabitants. It has the uncooked supplies. It has a really lengthy custom of appreciating high quality furnishings. Have a look at all of the palaces they constructed within the Tsarist occasions. Kamprad has at all times wished to return to Russia and at all times noticed it as a significant manufacturing centre of a European furnishings enterprise.”

Earlier than the IKEA retailer opened the corporate ready the bottom with the MEGA procuring complicated the place its Russian flagship retailer was ultimately constructed. The procuring complicated is on the Leningradsky Shosse spoke street that results in Sheremetyevo Worldwide Airport the place a number of big anti-tank iron cross beams stand in the midst of the street like large jacks that mark the closest the Nazi forces acquired to Moscow in WWII.

The MEGA shopping center grew to become house to a number of different main retail chains, together with the French grocery store chain Auchan and its largest Russian retailer, so the parking zone within the centre of the complicated was at all times full on the weekends.

Opening day

The opening day of IKEA was a media circus. Crowds thronged into the shop that appeared like some wonderland of Western items at inexpensive costs and fortunately wound their approach by means of the interminable labyrinth of impossibly named throw cushions, snap-close image frames and elegantly designed kitchenware. Inside a number of months middle-class flats throughout the capital appeared like miniature copies of the IKEA showroom.

Just about each international correspondent trekked out to the shop and wrote a narrative alongside the traces of: “the fruits of capitalism come to Russia,” to faucet within the euphoria that accompanied the shop’s opening (and most did a little bit of procuring whereas they had been right here).

Constructed for a possible market of 10mn Muscovites, the shop was one of many largest within the chain and Dahlrgen instructed bne IntelliNews that whereas the product traces on provide had been barely abridged to mirror the post-crisis state of the economic system, the providing was largely the identical as within the shops in Western Europe.

What the corporate did not anticipate was the out-of-the-ballpark success of the shop. The Moscow IKEA quickly grew to become the best grossing IKEA, on a per sq. metre foundation, of all of the shops within the chain. The demand for high-quality engaging furnishings at inexpensive costs was monumental and Muscovites had much more cash squirreled away than the official statistics instructed.

“I didn’t have sufficient time to go searching, as a result of I got here right here trying particularly for a fold-up chair for our dacha. However then, properly, the sofas listed here are so good too,” Lyudmila Petrova, a pensioner, instructed AP on the opening day twenty years in the past.

Russian mild business

The noughties in Russia had been time. Within the West Boris Yeltsin was seen as an icon of democratic progress and the good hope for the transmission of Russia into a good market economic system. The realities on the bottom had been very totally different.  

Yeltsin is broadly hated in Russia at this time because the oligarchs ran wild, inflation was in double digits and the nation was hit by a number of crises, of which 1998 was the worst. IKEA opened a number of months after the second Chechen struggle had began as Russian tanks rolled into Grozny and flattened the town. Moscow was to undergo from a string of terrorist assaults and metro bombings that reached its apex with the Nord Ost theatre hostage drama in 2002, the place at the least 170 individuals died.

Putin introduced an finish to all that along with his now well-known “oligarch assembly” the next summer season. As the last decade wore on stability arrived and incomes soared, for which Putin continues to be a lot revered. The retail sector flourished.

Kamprad’s imaginative and prescient meant that IKEA grew to become a pioneer for the event of the nation’s mild manufacturing sector throughout the area. In Poland it was manufacturing, not retail, that acquired the ball rolling, and that has at all times been a core a part of IKEA’s enterprise in Rising Europe.  

However the overvalued ruble of the 90s meant that it made no sense to arrange native manufacturing and Russia largely missed out on the traditional rising market early-stage improvement part when mild producers transfer in to arrange manufacturing to reap the benefits of low-cost labour prices. There was no level in organising a manufacturing facility when it was cheaper to easily import lower-cost, higher-quality items from Western Europe.

As soon as the retail arm was established IKEA started to assist Russian corporations making its furnishings by financing their workshops and factories, supporting these companies with mushy credit, which had been at liberty to work for different individuals and make non-IKEA items.

The noughties noticed the beginnings of a diversification of the economic system, however mild business has solely actually taken off for the reason that 2014 oil shock led to yet one more steep devaluation of the ruble. Now Russian wages have fallen beneath even the extent of the Chinese language, resulting in an enormous rotation of orders away from the low-cost Chinese language producers to the flourishing Russian mild manufacturing sector. In a latest interview with the CEO of Repair Worth Dmitry Kirsanov, a tough discounter that has simply raised $2bn in an IPO, the corporate used to import three quarters of its good from China and the remaining was regionally produced. Now these shares have been reversed.

IKEA has continued to construct up its Russian enterprise and now boasts a complete of 14 shops throughout the nation. Russia is the fourth-biggest market by income after Germany, US and Sweden, and the largest of the rising markets.

There at the moment are a complete of three shops in Moscow, two in St Petersburg and extra within the regional capitals of Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Novosibirsk, Rostov-on-Don, Novaya Adygea (in Adygea close to Krasnodar), Samara, Omsk and Ufa. At present there are plans to open at the least 5 extra shops.

The corporate’s historical past has not been solely clean. In 2016 IKEA was caught up in a corruption scandal and a courtroom in Russia’s Smolensk area froze RUB9.3bn ($146mn) on the accounts of IKEA, ruling towards the Swedish flatpack furnishings large in a case initiated by a neighborhood entrepreneur.

In summer season 2016, the corporate threatened to chop again its $1.54bn funding programme in Russia after shedding one other long-running RUB500mn ($8mn) authorized dispute in Smolensk towards Konstantin Ponomaryev, who claimed the corporate owed him again hire for electrical energy mills serving the shops.

In one other case, IKEA’s head workplace in Moscow was raided in reference to a separate dispute over property possession rights, which the corporate’s attorneys claimed was a blackmail try.

“Now we have zero tolerance on corruption and we’ve a really clear coverage,” IKEA Russia’s managing director Per Wendschlag stated in 2011.

Ukraine and Slovenia be part of the household

Ukraine and Slovenia are the newest two international locations to hitch the IKEA household. The Kyiv retailer has been a very long time within the making. It needs to be a no brainer, because the 43mn robust inhabitants makes it the third-biggest shopper market within the area after Russia and Poland. Nonetheless, three many years of mismanagement and virtually fixed crises has made it unappealing. However now it seems the market is about to return of age.  

The story with Slovenia is a bit totally different. It additionally opened in February with a low-key socially distanced launch. With solely 2mn individuals Slovenia is a tiny market by comparability – no greater than one micro-district in a Moscow suburb – however as bne IntelliNews lately reported, it’s the nice secret financial success story of Rising Europe. Incomes have risen sharply to the purpose the place it’s on par with the decrease finish of the previous EU member states.

Like Poland in 1990 and Russia in 2000 Ukraine is poised to start out its speedy catch-up progress spurt, however it is extremely early days and an imminent growth is under no circumstances apparent.  

In 2009, IKEA purchased a plot of land in Odessa on which to construct a retailer. A yr later IKEA cancelled the shop, saying there was not a robust sufficient market.  

In September 2018, IKEA introduced it was going to strive once more earlier than the tip of 2019. The shop was deliberate for the Ocean Mall in Kyiv with their new idea metropolis retailer. In December 2019, IKEA as soon as once more postponed the opening of the primary retailer in Ukraine till spring 2020, when it launched a web-based service. The Ukrainian retailer lastly opened in January in Blockbuster Mall in Kyiv.

“IKEA is happy to announce the opening date of the primary bodily retailer in Ukraine. On February 1, the corporate will meet its first Ukrainian clients within the metropolis format retailer in Kyiv, situated in Blockbuster Mall. This occasion is one other step in direction of increasing IKEA’s market in Ukraine after launching the net retailer in Might 2020,” an organization assertion stated.

Getting the Ukraine enterprise going has been unimaginable tough. The Ukrainian operation was dogged by scandal properly earlier than its doorways opened.

Like the opposite markets, IKEA was already working with Ukraine to supply inputs for its furnishings manufacture, however final June British NGO Earthsight launched the outcomes of an 18-month investigation that alleged IKEA was promoting beech chairs constituted of timber acquired from unlawful logging of the forests within the Ukrainian Carpathians, an accusation IKEA has denied.

Even now that IKEA has began retail operations, it has stored that low key too. The Ukrainian department is the corporate’s new “Metropolis retailer” format, a smaller retailer that’s within the coronary heart of the capital somewhat than the yellow and blue large that opened in Moscow twenty years in the past.  

“The Kyiv retailer opening is a vital achievement each for our Ukrainian operations and for the entire of IKEA South East Europe, as that is the primary metropolis retailer within the area”, stated Florian Mellet, market supervisor at IKEA Kyiv, on the opening of the shop.  

General, 2,000 house furnishing merchandise can be found for money and carry, whereas the remaining 3,000 – principally furnishings and different bigger merchandise – can be found for order. They will then be collected without spending a dime at one of many retailer’s pick-up factors, together with one immediately in a retailer, or delivered straight to the purchaser’s house for a further cost.  

Social duty in Central Europe  

IKEA now has a complete of 49 shops throughout the area and plans to open at the least a dozen extra within the subsequent few years. Solely the very smallest international locations are with out; nonetheless, most of the oldest shops are in Central Europe the place the corporate has “develop into a part of the furnishings” and performs an lively function in selling liberal values.  

The corporate was comparatively gradual into the Baltic states, the place it opened its first retailer in Lithuania in 2013, and people in Estonia and Latvia solely in 2019. The primary massive identify furnishings retailer to reach within the Baltics was the Finnish retailer Stockmann that arrange within the 90s after which opened a legendary retailer in central Moscow that catered to the rich New Russians of the Yeltsin period and made a fortune. However because the market modified the main target, and income, went from concentrating on a number of super-rich minigarchs to catering to the mass market. Stockmann closed its flagship retailer in Moscow in 2016.  

IKEA in Czechia operates 4 shops, two of them in Prague, one in Brno and one in Ostrava. The primary retailer within the nation was constructed by Prague’s Budejovicka metro station in 1991 and was moved to Prague Zlicin in 1996. In Slovakia, IKEA has operated just one retailer in its capital Bratislava since 1992. Since 2019, the corporate has opened a number of distribution websites throughout each international locations to cater to its rising emphasis on on-line gross sales.  

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has catalysed the drive in direction of e-commerce. Regardless of the lockdown final yr, gross sales on the Czech IKEA stay kind of the identical yr on yr, in line with its annual report: within the monetary yr beginning in September 2019 to the tip of August 2020, the corporate recorded gross sales of CZK10.3bn (€394mn), down by CZK209bn on a yr earlier. The corporate’s revenue amounted to CZK1.14bn.

“The consequence was considerably favourably affected by a rise in on-line gross sales of 97.5% in comparison with final yr. The robust enhance in on-line procuring was a major progress issue, as the entire variety of guests to our malls fell by a tenth in the course of the [coronavirus] quarantine in April and Might,” the corporate stated.

In keeping with Finstat.sk information, Slovak IKEA posted a 2% y/y drop in gross sales to €115mn in 2020; its revenue amounted to €10mn in 2020, down by 4% y/y. 

And the corporate has been taking part in an lively function in society. In 2020, IKEA Slovakia launched the sale of a restricted version STORSTOMMA rainbow bag which was capable of “carry every thing crops, books, garments, however not hatred. It is not only a bag, it has a message.” The corporate despatched the income from bag gross sales to organisations that present help, companies and recommendation to LGBT+ communities in disaster.

IKEA has additionally run a marketing campaign towards home violence in Czechia. On the finish of 2020, each the Czech and Slovakia shops launched the brand new marketing campaign “For secure house” with the tagline “home abuse is actual, even when it’s not seen”. Home violence has elevated in the course of the COVID-19 epidemic. The statistics present that 47% of girls have skilled some type of home violence and IKEA ran TV spots in each international locations selling the marketing campaign within the run-up to Christmas. 

“We consider that the house needs to be a secure place for everybody, which sadly doesn’t at all times apply. That’s the reason we determined to actively assist the victims of home violence,” commented Equality, Variety and Inclusion supervisor, IKEA Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia Roman Bojko.

In keeping with the newest survey carried out by IKEA in Czechia, Slovakia and Hungary Gender Equality Examine, solely 45% of Czechs consider that Czech society is constructed on gender equality, whereas in Slovakia it’s 48%. Nonetheless, the responses of women and men differ considerably. Whereas greater than 50% of Czech and Slovak males are satisfied of gender equality of their households, it’s lower than 40% for Czech and Slovak girls. 

“If a lot of the obligations of caring for the family are taken over by solely one of many companions, it represents an extreme burden, which in the end could develop into anxiousness, long-term overload and different signs. Actual equality begins at house,” stated Bojko. The research was revealed on Girls Day on March 8. 

Opening up Southeast Europe  

The international locations of Southeast Europe are maybe a decade behind their cousins to the north however IKEA has deemed an rising quantity have made sufficient progress to warrant a retailer. IKEA has been open for years within the bigger markets of Southeast Europe however has been slower to enter the smaller international locations within the area reminiscent of Slovenia. The corporate stated in 2016 that it goals to have 13 shops in Croatia, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia by 2025. 

Romania, the area’s largest shopper market by far, was IKEA’s first vacation spot in Southeast Europe. It opened a 26,000-square metre retailer on the sprawling Baneasa retail park within the northern outskirts of Bucharest on the peak of the mid-2000s growth in 2007. Subsequent to the large Baneasa Procuring Metropolis and surrounded by prosperous suburbs, the Bucharest IKEA was a well-liked vacation spot for residents of Southeast Europe’s largest metropolis. 

In 2019, IKEA opened its second Bucharest retailer, having already outlined plans for 4 new shops within the nation, in Timișoara, Brașov and Cluj in addition to Bucharest. There has additionally been robust progress in on-line orders, primarily from clients in main cities, over the previous couple of years. 

IKEA’s actual property division Vastint can be current in Romania, the place it’s accountable for the buildings with the best Management in Power and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications within the nation with the Enterprise Backyard Bucharest and Timpuri Noi Sq. developments. 

Nonetheless, IKEA grew to become embroiled in a land dispute when it purchased some forests from managed by Harvard College’s funding fund; Harvard had been accused of shopping for a few of its land in transactions that had been later challenged by the Romanian authorities, who stated state-owned forests had been illegally reclassified as non-public property by means of a restitution programme supposed to return land nationalised by the communists to the former homeowners. IKEA-owned Ingka Investments was later taken to courtroom in Romania. In keeping with the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Venture (OCCRP), IKEA has purchased 50,000 hectares of forest in Romania, making it the nation’s largest non-public landowner.

IKEA entered the Bulgarian market in 2011, with a retailer in Sofia, and in addition has smaller “order centres” with restricted product ranges and the place individuals can choose up mail orders within the regional cities of Burgas and Plovdiv, and it opened an 8,000-square metre retailer in Varna final yr. Greek investor Fourlis holds the IKEA franchise for Bulgaria together with Greece and Cyprus. This yr, Fourlis plans to open a retailer in Mall of Sofia in central Sofia. In keeping with a press launch from Fourlis, just like the Varna retailer, the brand new Sofia retailer can be one of many “new era” of small and medium-size shops in city centres the group is organising. 

Croatia was the third Southeast European nation to get an IKEA retailer, which opened in August 2014 simply outdoors Zagreb, the yr after the nation joined the EU. This was seven years after the Swedish retailer arrange its Croatian subsidiaries. On the time, the shop was one of many largest in Europe.

IKEA’s first Serbian retailer opened in August 2017 in Bubanj Potok, Belgrade. For instance the importance of the corporate’s arrival, President Aleksandar Vucic wrote in a remark for every day Alo forward of the opening that IKEA’s arrival in Serbia is essential not solely due to the funding and new jobs, but in addition as a result of it brings adjustments to the “previous … elements of mentality, collective laziness and resistance to possibilities in addition to to a life philosophy which has been repeated usually to attend another person to do one thing for us”.

There at the moment are plans for a 40,000-square metre retail park in Belgrade  initially resulting from open by the tip of 2020 in addition to new shops in Novi Unhappy, Kragujevac and Nis, as a part of a wider enlargement in Southeast Europe. 

Slovenia was the newest nation within the area to get an IKEA retailer, which opened on February 25, 2021 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

IKEA initially introduced the opening of a retailer in Ljubljana for the tip of 2020, however the plans had been postponed as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. IKEA had been mulling an online-only launch however went forward with the bodily retailer opening when the federal government eased restrictions in March. 

“At this time’s opening of the shop confirms IKEA’s dedication to Slovenia and paves the way in which for additional enterprise improvement in our latest market,” the CEO of IKEA Southeast Europe, Sara Del Fabbro, stated on the inauguration in Ljubljana’s BTC Metropolis procuring district, in line with a press launch from the mall. “At this time, after we face challenges like by no means earlier than, we’re thrilled to have the ability to welcome our first clients in Ljubljana. The truth that we might help Slovenians realise their nice desires and desires in life at house is our biggest reward and privilege.”

The launch came about simply 9 days after Slovenia allowed non-essential retailers to reopen. The federal government began to ease restrictions on February 15 after the variety of new infections stabilised in latest weeks after reaching a peak in early January. 

The opening was a restrained affair in comparison with the large queues outdoors the primary Moscow IKEA that opened again in 2000, the lethal stampede at a retailer opening in Saudi Arabia or the stabbing when a brand new retailer opened in Edmonton, North London. As a result of coronavirus epidemic, IKEA has launched a particular system for visiting the shop: within the first few weeks, clients should ebook an appointment prematurely.

Not one of the smaller international locations within the Western Balkans have IKEAs but, and there appears no speedy prospect of this occurring, given their small populations and comparatively low incomes. Nonetheless, future openings have been thought of; on the opening of the Serbian retailer in 2017, Stefan Vanoverbeke, nation supervisor of IKEA for Southeast Europe, talked about the potential of opening in Bosnia & Herzegovina sooner or later. 


Uzbekistan is house to Alexandria-the-furthest, probably the most distant of the string of eponymous cities based by Alexander the Nice on his epic travels, and was rumoured to develop into the placement of what might be known as IKEA-the-furthest.  

Tashkent regional governor Davron Khidoyatov served up what appeared to be some nice financial information to Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev throughout an funding presentation Swedish large IKEA, he declared in March, was set to construct a $52mn furnishings manufacturing facility in Chirchik, outdoors Tashkent.

Besides it turned out to not be true.  

It appears that evidently the governor had acquired forward of himself and IKEA stated they weren’t planning a retailer in Uzbekistan till 2025. However the hype surrounding Khidoyatov’s feedback each highlights the badge of honour of changing into house to the yellow and blue constructing, and in addition is a touch upon the “IKEA improvement index.” There was plenty of pleasure over Uzbekistan’s opening up and as by far probably the most populous nation in Central Asia with 34mn individuals, it’s an apparent vacation spot for IKEA. However regardless of the apparent potential of the nation, because the GDP per capita continues to be solely $1,724, in line with the World Financial institution – a tenth of Russia’s $11,585 or Romania’s $12,919 in unadjusted phrases – it’s nonetheless very early for the furnishings large’s arrival. The Uzbek center class is but to emerge.  

Against this, Kazakhstan is far additional superior and the GDP per capita of $9,812 implies that a center class is already properly established. However the nation’s inhabitants of solely 18.5mn places it on the small aspect.  

There was plenty of speak about IKEA coming into the Kazakh market within the early noughties when a retail and residential building growth took off, pushed by demand from the brand new center class. Bne IntelliNews’ correspondent studies that there have been rumours IKEA had acquired so far as two websites on the Almaty ring-road, however discovered the land costs too excessive. Within the meantime, Kazakhs can nonetheless purchase IKEA’s items on-line from a number of corporations not affiliated with IKEA that can settle for orders and have them despatched to Kazakhstan.  

IKEA’s New Europe Empire



Janki (close to Warsaw)


There are three shops in Warsaw and one per Gdańsk, Wrocław, Katowice, Kraków, Poznań, Łódź, Bydgoszcz and Lublin. A retailer is being inbuilt Szczecin, resulting from open in 2021.

Czech Republic (then a part of Czechoslovakia)


Budějovická (Prague)


There are two IKEA shops in Prague and one idea retailer: one at Zličín and one at Černý Most; each Zličín and Černý most are situated on the periphery of Prague. The idea retailer was situated on Wenceslas Sq.. The primary unique retailer at Budějovická – Prague Four was deserted [when?]. Exterior Prague there are two areas – within the nation’s second largest metropolis, Brno, and in Ostrava. There are three shops deliberate inside six years (Plzeň, Hradec Králové and a 3rd location in Prague). In 2018 an idea retailer was opened on Wenceslas Sq. in downtown Prague and was closed on the finish of 2019.

Serbia (then a part of Yugoslavia)




The primary IKEA retailer in present-day Serbia was opened in 1991, however was closed in 1992 resulting from UN sanctions over Yugoslavia.[37] IKEA returned after 25 years and formally opened its first retailer on August 10, 2017.[38][39] IKEA plans to develop a 40,000-square metre retail park in Belgrade, along with the division retailer in Bubanj Potok[40] and moreover, open another division retailer within the Serbian capital and three extra shops within the cities of Novi Unhappy, Kragujevac and Niš, for which the land has already been acquired again in 2013. The Belgrade IKEA workplace is the regional centre for former Yugoslavia and Romania.

Slovakia (then a part of Czechoslovakia)




Authentic retailer was closed upon the opening of a brand new retailer within the Avion Procuring Park. There are two extra shops deliberate in Slovakia, in Košice and Žilina.



Khimki (close to Moscow)


Fourth market by income after Germany, the U.S. and Sweden. There are Three IKEA shops in Moscow (Khimki, Teply Stan and Belaya Dacha), 2 shops in St. Petersburg (Parnas and Dybenko), shops in Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Novosibirsk, Rostov-on-Don, Novaya Adygea (in Adygea close to Krasnodar), Samara, Omsk and Ufa. The IKEA shops in Russia are in reference to MEGA malls developed by IKEA. 5-6 new openings are deliberate by 2020.





There are three shops in Istanbul (Bayrampaşa, Kartal and Ümraniye), one retailer in İzmir (Bornova), one retailer in Bursa (Osmangazi), one retailer in Ankara (Mamak) and one retailer in Antalya (Kepez).





26,000-square metre (280,000 sq ft) retailer opened on March 21, 2007, in Băneasa retail park.[50] A second, 37,000-square metre (400,000 sq ft) retailer was opened in Bucharest on June 24, 2019.[51] Shops deliberate to open in Timișoara, Brașov and Cluj-Napoca.





IKEA opened its first retailer within the Bulgarian capital Sofia on September 20, 2011 [60] IKEA moreover runs three smaller shops known as “order centres” with restricted alternatives on location in Varna, Burgas and Plovdiv. These shops additionally function on-line order choose up areas for deliveries from the primary retailer in Sofia.[61]





First IKEA within the Baltics. The primary IKEA retailer in Lithuania was opened on August 14, 2013 in Vilnius. It has a capability of 26,000 sq. metres and can be thought of to be the most effective initiatives within the historical past of IKEA. The shop is situated close to Vilnius Worldwide Airport.[69][70] The second and the third shops are situated in Klaipėda[71] and Kaunas.[71]





The primary IKEA in Croatia[77] opened its doorways on 21 August 2014 and with a complete space of 38,000 sq metres (410,000 sq ft) is among the 5 largest in Europe and amongst 10 largest IKEA shops on the planet.[78]





The primary retailer in Latvia was opened on 30 August 2018 in Stopiņi close to Riga.[95][96]





IKEA Estonia launched its on-line retailer in addition to its first brick-and-mortar location, a restricted showroom and pickup level, within the Lasnamäe district of Tallinn on 29 August 2019.[98] Nonetheless, the primary full-sized retailer is deliberate to be opened in 2023 at Kurna village in Rae Parish, outdoors of Tallinn space.[99]





A number of pick-up factors and the net retailer with supply.[100]





First IKEA retailer in Slovenia was opened on February 25, 2021 subsequent to BTC procuring metropolis in Ljubljana.[102]

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