IN PICTURES | India's first IKEA store in Hyderabad

Published: 10th August 2018 04:26 PM  |   Last Updated: 10th August 2018 06:36 PM  

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IKEA, the Swedish retail giant that sells ready-to-assemble furnitures, kitcheware and home accessories, opened its first Indian store in Hyderabad. IKEA first opened its doors in 1943 and has set up more than 400 stores worldwide. Along with shopping, customers can avail IKEA's in-house 1000-seater restaurant. (Photo | AP)
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The IKEA store is spread over a floor area of 40,000 sq ft and has a variety of products, from household items to bakery. The company will be sourcing 20% of products from local vendors. (Photo | AP)
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The first IKEA store is located in Hi-Tech city across 13-acres. The company has already employed 950 people for their Hyderabad outlet. IN PIC: IKEA workers waits to welcome Indian customers at the entrance of the new IKEA store in Hyderabad. (Photo | AP)
Ambassador of Sweden, Mr Klas Molin (L) with K. Taraka Rama Rao, State Minister of Telangana holds flags of India and Sweden during the opening ceremony of the new IKEA store in Hyderabad. (Photo | AFP)
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The Hyderabad store will have a range of 7,500 items to sell. The company has planned to open 25 outlets in India. IN PIC: Indian customers check the furnishings inside IKEA's first store in India as it opened in Hyderabad. (Photo | AP)
In a first of its DIY-furniture store in India, the concept of self-making furniture may or may not entice the audience. Keeping in mind the Indian public and IKEA's DIY-furniture concept, the company has joined hands with Indian company, Urban Clap. They have also hired 150-in house assemblers to help. (Photo | AP)
A 'drawing room' in the 'home and living' section of IKEA. The Swedish furniture maker is known for its affordable and aesthetic designs worldwide. IN PIC: A 'drawing room' in the 'home and living' section of IKEA. (Photo | AFP)
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A woman employee selling cupcakes and muffins at a store inside IKEA, Hyderabad. IKEA has planned a variety of dishes at its Hyderabad outlet, including local delicacies like veg and non-veg Biriyani. (Photo | AFP)
Giving IKEA a 'desi-twist' for its Indian oulet, Beef and Pork will not be a part of the menu. The signature IKEA Pork and Beef items will be replaced with Veg and Chicken meatballs. (Photo | AFP)
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The IKEA store finally opened after receiving approval from government 5 years ago and has planned to expand to Mumbai, Bangalore, Gurugram and Delhi among the top cities. IN PIC: Customers at the IKEA store on its opening day. 40,000 people lined up to shop at Swedish store. (Photo | AP)
Traffic comes to a standstill on the road leading to IKEA store, in Hyderabad on Thursday. The IKEA store saw a whooping crowd of 40,000 and a near-stampede like situation on its opening day in Hi-Tech city, Hyderababd. (Photo | EPS/S Senbagapandiyan)
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