Ikea celebrates first anniversary in Indonesia, eyes expansion.
Furniture giant Ikea marked its first full year of operations in Indonesia this week by welcoming its 2.8 millionth customer to its store in AlamSutera, on the western outskirts of Jakarta.
The store, with total space of 50,000 square meters, opened on Oct. 15 last year, and in the 12 months since has sold more than 12 million items, Ikea said in a statement on Friday. It did not reveal its revenue for the period.
“We are glad to be able to celebrate the first anniversary of Ikea’s AlamSutera store,” Ikea Indonesia general manager Mark Magee said in the statement. “We thank the Indonesian people for the good response.”
Magee said that initially there were doubts that Ikea’s do-it-yourself concept would not fit with Indonesian culture, especially the idea that customers would have to pay extra to have their furniture assembled for them.
“But the fact is that consumers have been really open to our concept,” he said.
He added that Ikea planned to open more stores in the country, but did not elaborate.
Local supermarket operator Hero, which holds the Ikea franchise for Indonesia, said last month that it had located two suitable sites for future Ikea outlets, one in North Jakarta and the other to the east of the capital.