IKEA debuts in India, opens store in Hyderabad

Hyderabad: Swedish home furnishings major IKEA on Thursday opened its first store in India, kicking off its retail journey five years after it received approval to invest in the country’s single-brand retail sector.  The company, which has employed 950 people directly and another 1,500 indirectly at its store here, plans to hire 15,000 in the coming years as it expands operations in India. IKEA Group CEO Jesper Brodin said the opening of the first store in India marks a milestone in the company’s journey here which began over three decades ago through sourcing of products. “We have a long term commitment to India, which is an important market for us,” he added. PTI