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IKEA denies preparations for reopening in Ukraine

Oleksandr LytvynNews
IKEA may reopen in Ukraine
IKEA may reopen in Ukraine. Source: Rob Olivera | Flickr

IKEA has not confirmed that it has already decided to open a store in Ukraine. The main condition for the resumption of work is the ability to ensure the safety of employees and customers.

This is stated in IKEA's response at OBOZ.UA's request. "Our top priority in reopening the store in Kyiv is the safety of our employees and customers. We also need to ensure all other operational aspects, including the supply of products, so that we can ensure the functionality of retail or online stores. At this time, we cannot say when this will happen," the company said.

The company also promised that as soon as they "have any news, they will be happy to share it." Earlier, several Ukrainian media outlets reported that IKEA was going to return to Ukraine.

It was said that the company's only outlet in Kyiv was allegedly undergoing preparatory work. However, IKEA has not yet disclosed the date of the reopening. The decision to return to Ukraine was made by the company's central office in May, according to Forbes sources.

It is noted that the decision of IKEA, which did not want to return to Ukraine until the end of hostilities, was influenced by the opening of stores of the Inditex conglomerate, including Zara and Bershka, as well as the return of the H&M chain. Technical work, according to media reports, has already begun. This includes preparations for the opening of the IKEA store in Kyiv. Sources say that they are removing signs from the facade for repairs.

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