Hyderabad: Ending the long wait of Hyderabadis, world’s largest furniture retailer IKEA threw open the doors of its first Indian facility on Thursday, unveiling a vast collection of furniture and home furnishing products in the city.
The store at Gachibowli, which was inaugurated by IT and MA&UD Minister KT Rama Rao in the morning, had crowds making a beeline to get a look at the product range. Coming with a promise of well-designed functional home furnishing products at an affordable price, the store — spread over 4 lakh sft and located on the busy IT corridor — had visitors and shoppers turning up in large numbers, resulting in brief traffic jams.
The excitement was infectious as families and groups of friends made their way through the lobby to embark on their tour of the facility. Checking the furniture, getting a feel of it and taking a peek at the price tags, the customers were all over the place in no time.
From functional chairs to luxury sofas, all attracted the attention of those keen on the ‘first day first look’. L Siddharth and Pallavi, recently married and settled in Nanakramguda, said: “We heard and read so much about IKEA that we decided to wait for its products to furnish our 2BHK flat,” Pallavi said.
Along with IKEA’s signature furniture such as ‘Klippan’ sofa costing Rs 11,990 and ‘Hektar’ floor lamp priced at Rs 4,990, the outlet has on offer local products such as masala box, frying pans, cookware set and others.
Rajesh Jain’s family of four was there too. The young software engineer visited Europe several times and is aware of the product range. “But seeing IKEA here in my city is indeed a pleasure,” he said.
If the range of furniture and the price tags thrilled the thronging crowd, another key attraction was IKEA’s largest restaurant anywhere in the world. From crunchy samosas starting at Rs 10 to meatballs, cinnamon buns, coffee, juices, biryani, and the menu ran long.
Preethi Joseph, who came all way from Dilsukhnagar along with her friends, said she spent more than three hours taking a look at the store. “I have taken the price list of the items and will return on Sunday with my parents to buy,” she said.