KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 19): Ikea Malaysia has opened its second store – also its biggest store in the country – at Jalan Cochrane in Cheras today.
Officiated by Ambassador of Sweden to Malaysia His Excellency Bengt G Carlsson, the event was attended by more than 800 guests.
The public started queuing for the opening as early as 5.30am to enjoy the special promotions in conjunction with the store’s opening.
At 42,000 sq m, Ikea Cheras is 20% bigger than Ikea Damansara.
It features 56 showrooms with over 8,500 products, complemented by 1,700 parking bays and 780 seats at its restaurant.
It is located within a five-minute driving distance from the Kuala Lumpur city centre, and accessible via major highways such Maju Expressway. It is also connected to the Cochrane MRT station, which is set to be completed in 2017.
Retail director for Ikea Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand Mike King (pictured, right) believes that this new store has the potential to transform Cheras into a lively shopping destination, and become Kuala Lumpur’s newest retail landmark.
“Now even closer to more customers… more Malaysians will have the opportunity to enjoy the unique and consistent Ikea store experience many have come to know and love,” he added.
Meanwhile, Ikea Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand managing director Christian Rojkjaer said Ikea Cheras marks a major milestone in the company’s long-term expansion plans across Southeast Asia, bringing a total of five Ikea stores in the region.
“Malaysia, with its growing population and needs, remains an important market for Ikea and we will continue to look out for opportunities to grow our business here,” he added.
Ikea will open another store in Batu Kawan, Penang in 2018.