I immediately had thoughts of giant cranes lifting the roof to the top of the building, which would be quite a feat to witness. Alas, my imagination proved too wild for IKEA Cheras. A Roof Capping event is a Swedish tradition to celebrate the end of construction and thank neighbours who helped out in the building process. In this case, IKEA Cheras invited the press and a little blogger to the event on Sept 28.
This event took place at the site of IKEA Malaysia's second store, at Jalan Cochrane. We sat at the makeshift "event space" in the markethall, with our neon jackets and hard hats, which we were told were safety measures as the building was still under construction.
|We gathered at the makeshift event space in the markethall|
|After event refreshments|
I tried to take a peek beyond the markethall but was barred from it. But from what I can tell, the store is going to be huge. Much bigger than IKEA Damansara. To be honest, I felt a bit envious of Cheras folks and the spanking new yellow and blue mothership landing in their neighbourhood.
|Tidbits for the guests|
Then Mike King, Regional Director for IKEA Malaysia, Singapore & Thailand took to the stage and shared some facts about the new store. It spans 42,000 sq-meters and is 20% larger than the first store. The Cochrane MRT station (to be completed in 2017) will connect right into it.
I am pretty stoked that a second store is opening. For one, I hope it will somewhat reduce the people jam at IKEA Damansara and shorten the insanely long check-out lines. Secondly, I hope a wider range of products will be brought into Malaysia. Till end Nov, I am keeping my fingers crossed.