IKEA to build shopping centre in Krasnoyarsk
Authorities in the Krasnoyarsk Krai region have signed a cooperation agreement with the Russian representative of IKEA, which has started to look for sites to construct a shopping centre, according to a statement from the press service of the regional government that Sib.fm's correspondent examined on 9 April.
The government report that the cooperation agreement was signed between "IKEA MOS (Retail and Real Estate)", IKEA's Russian subsidiary, and the Krasnoyarsk Krai Ministry of Investment and Innovation.
At the moment, the company is working with the ministry to select the most promising sites within the city of Krasnoyarsk for construction of a shopping centre, called Mega, with an IKEA store.
A spokesperson for the regional Ministry of Investment and Innovation refused to provide Sib.fm's correspondent with a list of proposed locations, the size of investments or the project timeframe, explaining that this information will be revealed by the company's representatives when they come to Krasnoyarsk at the end of April.
To recap, regional governor Lev Kuznetsov first talked about the possibility of IKEA coming to Krasnoyarsk in October 2013, saying that the decision to host the Universiade-2019 in Krasnoyarsk, which was made in November 2013, would attract international brands, including IKEA and McDonald's, to the city. At that time, McDonald's declared plans to open a chain of restaurants in Krasnoyarsk, mentioning a minimum of five locations. Representatives of IKEA, in turn, said that they had no intentions to expand into the city. In Siberia, the chain has stores in Novosibirsk and Omsk.