Bangkok’s next IKEA is set to open in 2018 and it will be unlike any of the company’s other worldwide stores. IKEA Bang Yai will be the 1st IKEA store in the world designed to provide a shopping experience that caters to local customers as opposed to sticking with the company’s usual layout and features.
“Our expansion is driven by our vision to create a better everyday life for the many people in Southeast Asia. Today, IKEA has 6 stores in the region – 2 in Singapore, 3 in Malaysia, and 1 in Thailand. Next year, we will open IKEA Bang Yai. Our expansion improves our economies of scale and makes IKEA even more competitive. With each store that we open, we reach more people and help make their homes better – more comfortable, more beautiful, and more sustainable,” says Jaap Doornbos, Deputy Retail Manager for IKEA South East Asia, in a press release.
One noticeable difference about the store will be the fact that IKEA Bang Yai won’t have the usual blue box design. The new shop will also be IKEA’s 1st store ever to offer customers an opportunity to enter and check out on every level. The building itself is the 1st retail centre in Thailand to be certified at the highest level for Green Building standards by LEED.
Construction on IKEA Bang Yai only recently finished and took 21 months to complete. It will be IKEA’s biggest store in Southeast Asia once open to customers. Work is now being carried out on the store’s interior to ensure operations and processes are working once the store is open.
“I am proud to be here at IKEA Thailand’s 2nd store to welcome consumers from the west side of Bangkok. We’ve conducted numerous home visits to understand the lifestyles of Thais at home and their home furnishing needs, and we know that people here are looking for functional furniture to help them better manage space constraints,” says Thomas Friberg, Store Manager at IKEA Bang Yai.