Swedish Furniture in Burgas: Consumers Bracing for Opening of Ikea Service Center

Written by on September 1, 2016 in Bulgaria, Business, Economy - No comments
Opened 5 years ago, to the day: The Ikea store in Sofia.
Opened 5 years ago, to the day: The Ikea store in Sofia.
Ikea Service Center in Varna.
Ikea Service Center in Varna.
In Burgas, the investors are hoping for juicy turnovers as well.
In Burgas, the investors are hoping for juicy turnovers as well.

In the first decade of this millennium, Bulgarians had to drive all the way to Thessaloniki, if they wanted a “Billy” shelf or “Köttbüllar”, which are Swedish meatballs. These times ended five years ago, almost to the day. On September 13th 2011, the first Bulgarian Ikea store was opened at Sofia’s Ring Road. It’s a relatively big one. Still a lot smaller than the one in Woodbridge, Virginia, or in Berlin-Tempelhof, but pretty large.

Recently, an Ikea Service Center, which is a much smaller version of Ikea, opened in Varna. According to the publication burgas.utre.bg, the turnover in that branch amounted to 5 million Leva in just 6 months, which is far more than Teo Mouratidis had expected. The director of the company Fourlis, which holds the Ikea rights in Bulgaria, was quoted in that article from Burgas.

Now, this fall, it will be Burgas’ turn. A brand new Ikea Service Center will be moving into the premises Carrefour used to occupy, at the “Gallery” mall. Driving 384 kilometers, to Sofia, for a Swedish hot dog? Those times are definitely over.

By Imanuel Marcus

Article by burgas.utre.bg.

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