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Ikea in Bali? Sightings of renovation project in Kuta hint at possible debut

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Which sort of particular person are you? The kind who visits Ikea for his or her Swedish meatballs, or the sort who can’t resist their minimalistic Scandinavian-style residence items? No matter floats your boat, you would possibly be capable of do both, or each, in Bali quickly.

Earlier this week, quite a few neighborhood accounts throughout social media posted what seems to be an ongoing renovation undertaking in Kuta, with a small however nonetheless legible print of the Ikea brand on the shop window seen for passersby to see. 

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Within the absence of an official announcement for the time being, there are fairly good causes to imagine that an Ikea retailer is coming to Bali for actual, seeing as how the undertaking is positioned in a constructing that previously housed a Large Grocery store. Following the closure of the most important grocery store chain throughout Indonesia earlier this 12 months, PT Hero Grocery store ⁠— which operates each retail companies in Indonesia ⁠— introduced that 5 of their Large shops might be reworked into new Ikea shops. 

Associated ⁠— Indonesia to get 5 new IKEA shops with the demise of Large supermarkets

On the time, we didn’t fairly think about that a type of areas can be in Bali, however somewhat web sleuthing finally led us to some postings for job openings at Ikea, which particularly appeared for Bali-based candidates. 

Screengrabs of postings for IKEA jobs in Bali.
Screengrabs of postings for IKEA jobs in Bali.

We’ve reached out to PT Hero Grocery store for a affirmation and can replace this text as soon as we get a response.

On-line, the reactions to the information have been fairly various as some questioned how Ikea’s opening would impression native furnishings companies, whereas others expressed pleasure over the potential for the furnishings large coming to the island. 

“Why would you trouble with horrible low-cost Ikea furnishings when Balinese furnishings is 100% higher,” one consumer wrote on Fb. 

“Wanting ahead for Swedish meatballs with mash potatoes [sic],” one other stated. 

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