IKEA official meets Sharma, discusses business plans
IKEA, which had earlier this year announced an investment of Rs 10,500 crore for opening 25 stores in India, filed the final document on Monday seeking permission to open its own stores in the country after the relaxation of sourcing norms for FDI in single brand retail.
While both Sharma and Anderen, who is IKEA's Trading Area Manager for South Asia, declined to comment, official sources said the two discussed the company's plans for India.
Yesterday in Mumbai, Ikea India Country Manager Juvencio Maeztu had said that the company would take a long term holistic approach for the Indian market.
"Our goal is to have a long-term approach here and that too in a holistic way. Combining the trend and the sourcing, so we need time," he had said.
Maeztu had also said IKAE would consider creating a new product range for the Indian customers.
"India is an excellent place for us to develop a good product with our approach...May be we need to develop new functions and a product range which we don't have yet, for this market. Maybe we need to tweak the style but will never compromise with price. We will make affordable products," he had said.
Last month, the government had tweaked sourcing norms for FDI exceeding 51 per cent in single-brand retail and diluted the previous condition of
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