IKEA Signs Agreement With Karnataka and Telangana, Locations to be Decided

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IKEA Signs Agreement With Karnataka and Telangana, Locations to be Decided

An IKEA Family section is pictured in IKEA's first city centre store in Hamburg June 25, 2014.(Reuters)

Reuters:  Swedish furniture retailer IKEA said it had signed an agreement with Karnataka and Telangana on the company's intention to open stores and to find new suppliers.

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Karnataka and Telangana describe the preconditions that IKEA needs in terms of infrastructure, IKEA said in an emailed statement on Thursday.

IKEA India chief executive Juvencio Maeztu told Reuters in a statement that the company had not determined the location of its first stores yet.

"In the first phase we are looking at establishing IKEA stores in Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. We feel very positive about the developments so far, but it is too early yet to say when the first store will open," Mr Maetzu said.

Several international retailers, including Hennes & Mauritz AB, the world's second-biggest fashion retailer, are looking to open their first stores in India after the government in 2012 decided to allow foreign firms to set up wholly owned subsidiaries in the country.

IKEA is one of the first companies to get approval for a 100 per cent foreign direct investment.
© Thomson Reuters 2014


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