Did you know that IKEA stands for Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd? We didn’t either! That is actually the full name of the person that founded the company in 1943. We also know that we owe it to him for plenty of the things we actually own at home – the furniture of course. What a thing has he created – flat packed furniture that you can bring home and assemble on your own. They are quite amazing really especially if you have little to no experience in building your own furniture with nails and hammer.
Of course all of you would know what IKEA is. So that whole paragraph above, that is totally Google-able and can be ripped off from Wikipedia goes to waste. No matter though, for those who are too lazy to Google IKEA, that is a short introduction to the largest furniture makers ever to come out of Sweden.
In Malaysia, their reach spans across three big outlets. Two of them are in the heart of the country itself; their first standalone store, at its time the biggest IKEA to grace South East Asia in Mutiara Damansara, and another in Cheras. Last year they spread their wings to the Southern part of Malaysia in Tebrau, Johor. The North has been waiting though for IKEA to come on board. Now, they need not wait longer for IKEA Batu Kawan, Penang has opened!
That last sentence sounded a little ancient all of a sudden. But yes, IKEA Batu Kawan opens its doors to their first Northern customers today. It covers 470,146 square-feet of space for customers to enjoy more than 8,000 of their furnishings. You might get some needed too with some of the arrangements they might have made in their retail space.
They have 49 Swedish room arrangements with all their selected sets you would not run out of ideas walking through the store. There is always a clever solution for your home out here in IKEA, I can testify to that. Then there is the occasional chasing your kids around because they got excited jumping on the beds and sofas, treating the store like their own homes.
If you and your family get hungry, there is the IKEA restaurant with seats for 815 customers. Need snacks? Why not go to the Bistro instead for some delicious curry puffs or hot dogs. While at it, grab an ice cream as well to chill (yup, we are going with that). Before going home, pop by the IKEA bakery on your way out to pick out some danish and other pastries. Why not?
IKEA Batu Kawan will potentially host 6.6-million customers residing within two-hours radius around the store. Their current 300 strong trained staff will do all the heavy lifting to making your life in Penang better with IKEA.
The store’s exact location is on 752, Persiaran Cassia Selatan 8, 14110 Bandar Cassia, adjacent to Aspen Vision City. How you get there is, well, up to you. It is easily accessible via the North-South Expressway and take the Bandar Cassia exit. If you come from the Penang island, you can take the second bridge and exit at Bandar Cassia. There are plenty of parking here; 1,955 of them bays.
For the opening celebration of IKEA Batu Kawan there are multiple activities that visiting families can participate in. There are face painting booths, photo booths, some mascot appearances and even free balloon giveaways for your kids, or yourself. For IKEA FAMILY members, there will be some exclusive opening offers. Captain Trishaw will make an appearance too in IKEA Batu Kawan with some limited editions canvas prints.