Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably know by now that IKEA is opening its first branch in the Philippines in 2021 at the SM Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City. We're sure you've been waiting to find out exactly when world-famous furniture shop will officially be opening its doors and when you can start shopping their popular build-it-yourself products. Well, we're excited to let you in on some fresh information: According to IKEA Philippines' market development manager Georg Platzer, IKEA will be opening their e-commerce store in July 2021!
Platzer made an appearance on vlogger and media personality James Deakin's online talk show Tito'Clock today, November 20. Platzer shared that IKEA's online store in the Philippines will be opening in the third quarter of 2021, particularly in the month of July. Meanwhile, IKEA's actual store will open nine weeks after the e-commerce store—meaning sometime between September and October 2021. We can't wait!
Platzer also shared that IKEA Philippines will be hiring 500 employees in the country to work in the store, which is set to be the biggest in the world.
You can check out the full interview here:
Update (November 21, 9:30 p.m.): The previous version of this article said that the store is set to open in July 2021. It has been updated to say that IKEA’s e-commerce will begin in July 2021.
In case you missed it, here's what IKEA Manila will look like when it opens in 2021:
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.
While you're busy shopping, you can drop the little ones off at the IKEA Playroom. Don't worry, it's supervised so you can be sure they'll be safe and sound while you're doing some shopping.
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!
While patiently waiting for the opening of the well-loved build-it-yourself furniture store, check out IKEA's best-selling items so you can already start making your shopping list.
This story originally appeared on Spot.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.