The world’s largest furniture retailer Ikea is investing Rs 1,500 crore here as part of plans to have 25 stores across India by 2025, and its store in Navi Mumbai is likely to come up within 18 months, an official said. Ikea is among several companies including Amazon, Microsoft, Owens Corning and Emerson which have committed investments in Maharashtra, he said. “Ikea is starting to invest now.
They have bought a big piece of land for Rs 400 crore in Navi Mumbai for their store,” said Apurva Chandra, Principal Secretary (Industries), Maharashtra government. Ikea plans to build a 400,000 sq ft store on the land.
“They are investing almost Rs 1,500 crore here. This will be the first retail store in India,” said Chandra. The Swedish firm has already announced that it will open a store in Hyderabad in second half of 2017. “Now they have taken the land, the first store will take another year or year and half,” Chandra said. The privately-owned firm expects the Mumbai store to get more than 5 million visitors a year.
Ikea is also scouting for land to set up stores in Bengaluru, Delhi and the NCR region. Chandra said Amazon is also investing in Maharashtra. “They (Amazon) are launching their first web services from Mumbai. They are also going to set up a data centre here which will entail big investment,” he said. Besides, he added, Microsoft is planning to set up data centre here.
“Then there is a US firm, Owens Corning. They came in recently. They have taken approval for Rs 1,000 crore. They have already started, they have got land,” he said. Owens Corning develops and produces insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composites. “(US firm) Emerson, which is into process engineering and automation, has come here and is investing Rs 2,000 crore.”
Ikea, which has been sourcing from India for its stores worldwide for three decades, plans to add suppliers and double its sourcing volumes by 2020. Each store may employ 500 to 700 workers directly and 1,500 indirectly. At present, Ikea sources products worth 300 million euro for its global operations from India.