The Swedish furniture maker IKEA is all set to open its first Indian outlet tomorrow. And do you what its iconic restaurants will be serving in India? Well, according to a report in the leading newspaper, the Hyderabad store will be 1,000-seater restaurant, and the menu will consist of vegetarian options, including idli and sambar, vegetable biryani and samosa. The food will be sourced from 25 vendors, which will be mostly from women-led entrepreneurs.
IKEA is the world’s largest furniture store and it is famous for its own full-service restaurant on every location. It will open its first branch in India in Hyderabad on August 9 and plans to open the remaining 24 by 2025.
It will be a huge store of 13-acre located in Hitec City, which is on the outskirts of Hyderabad. According to a report the store will have 7,500 products out of which 1,000 products will be for less than Rs 200 a piece.
IKEA earlier said in a release, “We will be joined (on the opening day) by key IKEA leaders, including IKEA Group, CEO Jesper Brodin,”
IKEA Retail India earlier launch date was July 19 but the company pushed it further as it needed some more time to live up to its expected quality commitments towards customers and co-workers.
Ikea has also thanked the Telangana Government separately for the support it has received to open the first IKEA store here.
IKEA has appointed Peter Betzel as the new CEO for its India business.
Betzel has taken over from Juvencio Maeztu, who moves into a global role as CFO and Deputy CEO of IKEA Group INGKA Holding BV, the company earlier said in a statement.
“Over the last six years we have set up a strong foundation for IKEA’s presence in India. We are now ready and excited to open our doors to enable Indians create a better everyday life at home for themselves,” outgoing CEO Maeztu said.
(With PTI Inputs)