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World’s Biggest Ikea Opens in Philippines as Part of Global Push

  • Swedish furniture giant unveils 700,000 square feet in Manila
  • Company is expanding from Philippines to Santiago, Chile
The new Ikea store in Manila, on Nov. 25.
The new Ikea store in Manila, on Nov. 25. Photographer: Veejay Villafranca/Bloomberg

Ikea opened its biggest store in the world in the Philippines, with the new 730,000 square foot facility in Manila a cornerstone of the home-furnishings giant’s expansion plans in Asia.  

Thursday’s opening was feted with an event held at the store’s cafeteria attended by Philippine trade secretary Ramon Lopez and foreign minister Teodoro Locsin, where Ikea’s cult-favorite Swedish meatballs were served to some attendees. They were accompanied for the big day by a special Philippine twist -- adobo sauce.