Furniture store IKEA on Thursday opened its first store in Hyderabad and witnessed a huge response from the customers. According to reports, on the first of opening, the international furniture store saw a huge crowd of people visiting the store. IKEA is a world-class furniture store which offers good-looking furniture at an affordable price. Swedish home furnishing store IKEA on the first of opening was expecting around 30,000 customers, while reports say that around 10,000 customers had visited the store by 4 pm, however, the number soars up further during the evening.
As customers continued to visit the IKEA store on Thursday a photo of a traffic jam started trending on micro-blogging site Twitter, showing a massive traffic jam in Hyderabad. Though the authenticity of the photo was not sure, many random people on Twitter tweeted the photo, which appears to be of Hyderabad.
While Hyderabad citizens were excited to visit the store, a huge traffic jam occurred in the HITEC City, where the IKEA store is located. HITEC City is the hub of information technology. Reports say that the traffic jam was so huge that IKEA employees had to assist the customers and guiding them about the traffic situation.
IKEA India deputy CEO Patrick Antoni said that they were expecting a footfall of 30,000-35,000 customers on a daily basis. Welcoming the customers, IKEA employees were holding Indian and Swedish employees amid loud music and band, with clappings and cheers.
Telangana’s industry minister KT Rama Rao inaugurated the store along with first customer, IKEA Group CEO Jesper Brodin, Swedish Ambassador to India Klas Molin. IKEA will be opening 40 such stores in years to come in Navi Mumbai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Surat, Pune, Chennai and Kolkata.
The traffic jam in Hyderabad was so huge that people started talking about it on Twitter and shared photos of the jam. Take a look at some of them.