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IKEA to open second store in Jakarta

Swedish flatpack furniture maker IKEA plans to open a second store in Indonesia in Cakung, East Jakarta.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said that he met with IKEA Indonesia director Patrick Lindvall and the Swedish Ambassador to Indonesia Johanna Brismar Skoog on Friday morning to discuss the expansion plans.

“I emphasized to them that they should follow the regulations first and foremost. I also wanted them to make sure the employees are Indonesians, especially Jakartans,” said Anies, adding that around 1,400 workers would be needed to construct the building, while approximately 400 employees would be needed for daily operations.

IKEA’s only store in Indonesia is located in Tangerang, Banten, with three distribution points in Sentul, Bekasi and Surabaya.

According to Anies, construction would begin after the building permit was issued, with the location still being measured by the National Land Agency (BPN).

Anies also said that the discussion covered partnerships with Nordic countries, including Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway.

“Representatives from the four countries will visit us on April 26, when we will discuss matters concerning Jakarta, such as infrastructure, education, family prosperity, garbage management and the like,” he said

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