“This is a historic and special day for us, as we open the very first IKEA store on the South American continent. I’m grateful for all the hard work and effort of all people involved in making this happen. The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people and with the opening of the first store, together with the online shopping possibilities with local pick-up points, we’re honouring that vision in Chile,” says Jon Abrahamsson-Ring, CEO of Inter IKEA Group.
“We are very excited to bring the IKEA Concept to South America, starting in Chile. After a long time of preparations, we are now finally able to offer the IKEA Range of well-designed, high-quality home furnishing, produced with care for people and the environment to the many people in the country. Falabella brings a lot of experience in developing and successfully operating retail businesses, and together we are determined to make IKEA beloved and meaningful among the customers and the society,” says Maria Johansson, IKEA Expansion Manager, Inter IKEA Systems B.V.
Expanding into South America is a special event for IKEA, not only for entering a new continent but also with a new franchise, Falabella, a well-established retailer in the Americas.
“We are proud to make IKEA, one of the most admired and successful brands worldwide, available to our customers. Thanks to its unique mix of well-designed, affordable home improvement products, we will continue to develop Falabella's physical and digital ecosystem and help people simplify and enjoy their lives more," says Gaston Bottazzini, CEO of Falabella.