The Swedish company IKEA, the world's largest retailer of furniture and household goods, has announced the opening of its first offline store in Ukraine – it will be located in Blockbuster Mall, Kyiv. This is stated in the company's official press release.
"IKEA is pleased to announce the opening date of the first physical store in Ukraine. On February 1, the company will meet its first Ukrainian customers in the city format store in Kyiv, located in Blockbuster Mall. This event is another step towards expanding IKEA's market in Ukraine after launching the online-store in May 2020," the statement said.
The company said that employees of the store would adhere to strict security measures, including social distancing, the mandatory wearing of masks, temperature screening, and regular disinfection of the premises.
As we reported earlier, last June British NGO Earthsight released the results of its 18-month investigation, according to which IKEA was allegedly selling beech chairs made of the timber received from illegal logging of the forests in the Ukrainian Carpathians.
The company, however, denied all the accusations.