Five years after purchasing land in Rugavica, east of Zagreb, IKEA’s 100 million euro investment was finally realised on Thursday in Croatia. Croatia’s President Ivo Josipović, IKEA’s V.P Martin Hansson, Sweden’s Ambassador to Croatia Lars Schmidt, IKEA’s Director in Croatia Dragan Kalušević and Zagreb store manager Georg Platzer were all present to officially open the store this morning.
“This is an important day because it is one of the most important and largest investments in Croatia. I hope that Croatian products can find their way onto the IKEA shelves in Croatia and globally,” Josipović said.
More than 2,500 shoppers strolled through the store in just over an hour an a half since the doors opened. IKEA has employed 349 people, with more jobs expected to be opened up. Earlier this week IKEA said that more stores in Croatia, namely in Split and Rijeka, were possible in the future. (pic: Facebook)