Ikea opens outlet No. 6 in Fukuoka

Kyodo

Swedish furniture giant Ikea opened a store Wednesday near the city of Fukuoka, its sixth retail outlet in Japan and the first in Kyushu, according to operator Ikea Japan K.K.

About 1,300 people were lined up before it opened in the morning. The first customer, who had been waiting outside the store since 10 a.m. Tuesday, was presented with a gift certificate worth ¥100,000, Ikea said.

The two-story, 32,000-sq.-meter outlet in Shingu uses some thermal energy to power the air-conditioning system, it said.

Ikea said it plans to install a solar power system this fall to make the outlet more environmentally friendly.

“I came to buy a toy for my child. It’s fun to be here and I would like to come again,” said shopper Tomomi Enjoji, a 40-year-old woman from the city of Saga.