has already unveiled its online store in Mumbai this August, and is looking at smaller stores in South Mumbai, the eastern and western suburbs of the city, respectively.
These smaller stores would be around 70,000 sq. ft. in size each and are expected to be positioned as destination zones within their catchments. The furniture retailer will also make available the same catalogue of products that the Turbhe megastore would have, to improve convenience.
The smaller stores will also house restaurants, like the Turbhe outlet, though there will be no warehouses attached to these shopping centres. The Turbhe megastore, in contrast, will allow consumers to pick up the furniture they purchase from the warehouse, Gohil said.
has also begun marketing initiatives in Mumbai, including undertaking home, office and mall visits, where it is displaying its furniture to consumers.
One such initiative is ‘IKEA on Wheels’, where special trucks will be visiting different areas to build awareness. One such truck has been stationed in the central business district of Worli, while the other will move around between South Mumbai and the western suburbs.
Consumers can walk into these mobile trucks and get a sense of IKEA products. Those interested in buying could make a purchase online, she added.
IKEA is also conducting weekend workshops for families and children across the city, where people will be encouraged to assemble the furniture retailer’s products. It is also making trips to co-working spaces in the city to give office-goers a feel of its products.