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Retail giant IKEA says new Bahrain store to open in 2018

IKEA Bahrain will be the biggest of its kind in the region and will house the kingdom's largest restaurant

Retail giant IKEA says new Bahrain store to open in 2018
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Scandinavian retail giant IKEA is set to open in Bahrain next year after officials announced construction of one of the country's most anticipated stores is on track.

Construction will be completed in the second quarter of 2018 and the store located in Salmabad will be open to the public later the same year, said Fruto Hernandez, IKEA Saudi Arabia expansion manager.

IKEA Bahrain, which is being opened in partnership with Saudi Arabia’s Al Sulaiman Group, IKEA Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, will be the biggest in the region and house the biggest restaurant in the kingdom with 800 seats over an area of 2,500 square metres.

Upon completion, over 1.2 million people are expected to visit IKEA Bahrain every year.

“The main works contract has been awarded to Kooheji Contractors. The enabling and foundation works of IKEA Bahrain are complete and the main work has started,” Hernandez said.

“Right now we are continuing with the slab works, water proofing, underground piping and precast order which are in progress. Our aim is for the store to be completed by the second quarter of 2018,” he added.

The store will also house a 6,200 square metre showroom, a 6,000 square metre market hall for accessories, 5,000 square metres of self-service space, and a 4,000 square metre full-service area.

The bistro and Swedish food market will specialise in grab-and-go snacks and take-home meals while the store’s play facility, called Smaland (named after the small town in Sweden where IKEA started), will see customers' children taken care of by IKEA staff, free of charge. It will also have over 1,100 parking spaces spread over two levels.

Ikea is the world’s largest retailer for furniture and is known the world over for its ready-to-assemble furniture and other home appliances. It has 385 stores spread over 48 countries.

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