The title of the biggest IKEA in the Southern Hemisphere has been stripped from the Springvale outlet and claimed by the new Sydney store, which officially opened for business today.
IKEA Tempe, in Sydney’s south-west, measures a massive 39,000m2 and comprises of a 6,690m2 showroom, 6,690m2 market hall and a 12,860m2 warehouse, which allows for self-service.
Customers will be able to browse 60 different room settings, 50 percent of which focus on solutions for living with children. The store also features three complete homes, one of which is built on sustainable living.
To service the large volume of customers the store will draw, IKEA has accommodated for 1680 cars, built 44 checkouts as well as a 760-seat restaurant. For those customers without cars, a shuttle bus will run to and from local train stations.
To celebrate the opening of the new store, IKEA is running a series of quizzes, flat-pack building competitions and giveaways for customers to take part in.
Until Sunday, it will be running a ‘Mega Meatball Marathon’, in the aim of serving the world’s biggest helping of meatballs – 250,000 meatballs over four days.
The new store is located at 634-726 Princes Highway, Tempe. It’s open from 10am to 9pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 7pm Saturday and Sunday.