SEOUL, Dec. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — Swedish furniture giant IKEA said Thursday that it will open its third outlet in South Korea next week as it strives to strengthen its presence in Asia’s fourth-largest economy.
IKEA Korea said the 49,800-square-meter store set to open in Giheung on Dec. 12 will enhance accessibility to residents in the nearby area with new services such as home furnishing consultants and a seamless shopping experience offline and online.
IKEA Giheung Market Manager Anje Heim said she is excited to “offer better accessibility to the many people in the southern Seoul metropolitan area.” Giheung is located about 40 kilometers south of Seoul.
The new flagship outlet is comprised of two underground floors and a third floor above ground, including parking space.
The new store will open every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., same as the IKEA stores in Gwangmyeong and Goyang.
IKEA Korea said the new outlet will offer locally relevant home furnishing solutions to address needs based on hundreds of home visits and research conducted before the opening.
Heim said the new outlet will offer efficient storage solutions based on the finding that many residents in the area, mostly young parents with small children, experience challenges with storing and finding their belongings.