We know, we know. We've been waiting years for IKEA to finally open in Manila. The Swedish furniture shop was expected to open in 2020 but, well, things happened and all we know is that the opening date has been moved to 2021. In case you didn't know yet, IKEA will be setting up shop in Pasay City, specifically between Mall of Asia Arena and the SMX Center, and it's going to be the largest store in the world.
Because we know how excited you are, we've been keeping close tabs on IKEA news and found that IKEA Southeast Asia and Mexico posted an update on their LinkedIn page about the status of their ongoing expansion in the region. The update includes a video that shows the status of IKEA's ongoing projects in Mexico, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, and the Philippines. For the Philippines, they showed images of the construction site and digital renders of what the IKEA store will look like once it's completed. They also mentioned that the launch of the e-commerce website for the Philippines will be in 2021, so that's another thing to look forward to!
Check it out:
Check out everything we know about the highly anticipated IKEA store opening in Manila:
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.