Swedish furnishing retailer IKEA opens in Riga

On 30th of August, IKEA, the Swedish home furnishing retailer, opened its first store in Latvia. Located at the edge of Riga about 15 minutes drive from the center, the new store has created about 200 new jobs. The biggest IKEA store in the Baltics, the size of 34,500 m2, offers more than 8,000 home furnishing products. The store in Riga is larger than IKEA Vilnius, the only other Ikea store in the Baltics, by about a third, and if necessary, it is possible to increase the area of Riga store by about 6,000 square meters. In future the company also plans to establish several merchandise pick-up points outside Riga, where customers will be able to collect their purchases from IKEA.

According to the Store Manager the store in Riga is organized in 5 main parts – costumer starts his journey from the exposition rooms on the 2nd floor, which is dedicated for inspiration and showing the solutions in real life conditions. The next area is market hall with wide range of products from cutlery and home textiles to plants and home decor. The remaining parts are self-service area where visitors pick up the chosen furniture and bring them home the same day. Additional services areas, where visitors can order home delivery, leasing, bring back the products they want to return, end the visitor journey at the store.

The new IKEA store also has a 450 seats restaurant, IKEA Bistro café, known for its hot dogs and ice cream and Swedish food market, where visitors can buy typical Swedish food like meatballs, salmon, and cinnamon buns. Additionally, as in other IKEA stores across the world, special attention is given to providing safe and entertaining environment for kids: children from 3 – 7 years old can stay for free at playroom “Smaland”, all exposition area is adjusted in a way that children could try the furniture and play around.

IKEA is also known for its focus on sustainability. At IKEA Riga store more than 500 solutions are dedicated for sustainable living at home, which help to save resources, recycle. Also, part of the furniture and other goods are produced from recycled materials.

IKEA is a multinational group that designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture, kitchen appliances and home accessories. Founded in 1943 by Swede Ingvar Kamprads, the store now has approximately 410 stores in almost 50 countries across the world.

Source: LETA, IKEA