IKEA opens first store in Slovenia

Reservations online as COVID-19 precaution

26 February, 12:34

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, FEBRUARY 26 - IKEA on Thursday opened its first store in Slovenia, in the country's capital. The inauguration was accompanied by a brief ceremony during which Sara Del Fabbro, the CEO of the Swedish giant for southeastern Europe, noted that the opening - coming as it did amid the pandemic, with social distancing and other measures as a precaution - was not what the company was expecting but that they were thankful nonetheless.

    She said that work on the store had begun a year and a half before. Visitors will have to reserve online as part of COVID-19 restrictions.

    Store manager Cas Lachaert said that the visitors were in "one of the most sustainable stores of the IKEA group" in terms of energy efficiency and environmental friendliness, with the recycling of rain water and the installation of photovoltaic panels.

    Mayor Zoran Jankovic said that the opening was likely to attract foreign investors to the capital.

    The Ljubljana branch is the first IKEA store in Slovenia, the fifth in southeastern Europe and one of the over 450 IKEA retail outlets in the world.

    The store covers a surface area of over 31,000 square meters, of which about 22,000 are for shopping. (ANSAmed).

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