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World’s biggest Ikea may open in Oslo

Norwegians shop so much at the giant Swedish home furnishings chain Ikea that Ikea officials are considering tripling the size of their already large store at Furuset on Oslo’s east side. That would make it the largest Ikea store in the world.

Ikea (pronounced “ee-KAY-ah” in Scandinavia) has been popular in Norway for decades, long before the chain started its global expansion. From a relatively small location in suburban Asker back in the 1960s, to its first major store at Slependen west of Oslo, Ikea has since expanded into most Norwegian cities and its Furuset store in Oslo already has been expanded since opening after years of bureaucratic delays.

Now, report local media, its 21,500 square meters aren’t enough to handle demand and Ikea officials want to expand it again, to 59,000 square meters. That would make it bigger than Ikea’s flagship store in Stockholm at 56,000 square meters. If permits and land acquisition succeed, the new store may open in two to three years.

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