The store's opening saw a stampede-like situation.
While Hyderabad citizens were excited to visit the store, a huge traffic jam occurred in the HITEC City, where the IKEA store is located. "There were also a few tense moments when some people tried breaking queues", store manager John Achillea told IANS.
As the sprawling store has come up in the heart of HITEC City, majority of the customers were techies from information technology companies. The Cyberabad Police Commissioner deployed additional officials to ensure smooth movement of traffic near the store to avoid chaos.
A pleasantly surprised Ms. Venugopal, a business woman, said: "I had no idea I would be the first one".
An Indian girl checks furniture at the new IKEA store in Hyderabad on Aug 9, 2018. "I then sent a mail personally to Jesper Brodin, CEO of IKEA", Pradeep said, while addressing the media at the opening of the IKEA Hyderabad store. In 2013, IKEA received nod from the government to invest Rs 10,500 crore in single-brand retail.
Though shoppers began trickling in from 10am, the store opening time, the numbers swelled as the day progressed and shoppers continuted to flock the outlet till the closing time of 11pm.
Swedish International Furniture Maker, IKEA finally opened its first Indian Store in Hyderabad on Thursday.
After Hyderabad, Ikea plans to open outlets in the financial capital Mumbai next year, followed by Bangalore and New Delhi as it seeks to grab a share of India's estimated $40-billion home goods market. In the next phase, IKEA would cover Ahmedabad, Surat, Pune, Chennai and Kolkata. The Swedish meatballs on offer were one of the most relished items while, the dum biryani too was selling out fast.
The sheer range of products in different room is impressive as the furniture giant has designed them with a promise to make Indian homes brighter and better.
Indian shoppers aren't used to assembling their furniture themselves, so Ikea is offering to deliver items and install them at people's homes, if they live nearby enough.
IKEA had originally planned to open its first store in India by 2017, but it was delayed.
Located in the heart of HITEC City, the information technology hub, and close to the posh localities, the store appears to be created to target upper middle-class and the rich.