IKEA Pallady, the company’s largest store in southeast Europe’s and its 431st store in the world, opened its doors on Monday. A few hundred people who wanted to take a peek at the newest IKEA store queued in front of the store early in the morning.
The opening was symbolically marked by a tree planting, attended by Sara Del Fabbro, the CEO of IKEA South East Europe, Vladislav Lalic, Property and Expansion Manager of IKEA South East Europe and Cas Lachaert, the Store Manager of IKEA Pallady.
“We are glad to continue our journey in Romania and to open Pallady, our largest store in South East Europe and the second one in Bucharest! Opening this store is the answer to the growing number of customers in Romania – last year, IKEA saw an increase of 11 percent, making this country one of the best IKEA markets in the world! We are very proud of this fantastic result and we are more than optimistic that we will continue with excellent performance in the future!” Said Sara Del Fabbro, CEO of IKEA South East Europe.
The total investment in the store reached about EUR 90 million. In addition to the over 500 construction jobs created during the Pallady shop, approximately 600 employees joined the IKEA family with the opening of the new store. In total, after 12 years of presence on the market, IKEA has created about 1,000 new jobs and provided advanced benefits to all employees in the country.
Facts about IKEA Pallady
The 37,000 square meter store will provide customers with nearly 10,000 products that reflect IKEA’s democratic design philosophy, combining form, functionality, quality, sustainability and low prices.
It will also have three models of integral interiors and 58 rooms filled with ideas and inspiration based on knowledge of Romanians’ homes, meeting local needs in terms of home furnishing with affordable solutions and products. In addition to a supervised playground dedicated to children, the store will also host IKEA’s already famous restaurant serving both Swedish specialties as well as Romanian dishes with a capacity of 550 seats. Customers will have 1,300 parking spaces – some of them underground, as well as four charging stations for electric cars.
The store will also offer a buy-back service that will allow our customers to bring their IKEA furniture that is still in good or good condition and receive a voucher in return.