IKEA Malaysia’s second store located at Jalan Cochrane, Cheras is on track to open its doors to towards the end of November 2015. The opening was announced at the store’s Roof Capping event, a Swedish tradition to celebrate the end of construction and thank neighbours who helped out in the building phase.
“Come end November 2015, IKEA Cheras will provide more Malaysians with Swedish home furnishings that are well-designed, functional, affordable and good quality. The new IKEA store is part our overall ambition to expand in Southeast Asia. Our entry into Cheras neighbourhood reflects our vision to create a better everyday life for the many people,” said Mike King, Retail Director, IKEA Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.
IKEA states that its Cheras store will provide Malaysians with “greater convenience and a wide selection of home furnishing inspiration and solutions at incredibly low prices.“
The store spans across 41,000 square-meter shopping space, which is 20 per cent bigger than the Damansara store. IKEA Cheras is also located at Jalan Cochrane, 5-minute drive from the city centre, accessible from MAJU Expressway and SMART highways, and connects to Cochrane MRT station (to be completed in 2017). As the opening fast approaches, the team is now in the midst of interior fittings, operational setup and co-workers’ training. To support its overall operation, a nationwide recruitment exercise was carried out recently, hiring a great mix of over 300 co-workers of various talent and expertise.
IKEA Cheras will be one of the first few retail developments to be ready in the booming township, “transforming Cheras into a vibrant retail destination, drawing upon the liveliness IKEA brings to Mutiara Damansara with its standalone store since 2003”.
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered a wide range of well-designed home furnishings and functional living solutions at prices so low that the many people can afford them. IKEA believes that showing responsibility for people and the environment is a condition for doing good business. This means that the IKEA low prices must not be at the expense of people or the environment – low price but not at any price. IKEA incorporates environmentally friendly efforts into its day-to-day business and continuously supports initiatives benefiting causes such as children and the environment. To date, there are more than 365 IKEA stores in 47 countries.