Ikea will shut down its store in Hyderabad. Ikea’s online store will, however, be open for shopping. The Swedish retailer has taken this precautionary measure to safeguard employees and customers. Ikea sees huge potential for growth in India and will be opening its next physical store in Mumbai later this year, followed by stores in New Delhi and Bangalore. It has earmarked an investment of around Rs 3,000 crores for its expansion in India.
As India continues to see a rise in coronavirus infections, retailers are taking measures at stores, which are still open, to ensure the safety and hygiene of employees and customers. As consumers stay away from crowded places, retailers, who continue to run outlets selling everything from clothes and footwear to accessories and electronics, are ensuring regular sanitization, reducing the number of staff on the floor and encouraging people to shop online as they try to maintain social distancing among employees and customers. While grocery and sellers of essential goods are allowed to remain open, those that sell apparel, accessories and footwear have been ordered to down shutters. Some have disabled their biometric attendance system and discontinued assistance services that require contact such as beauty trials and makeovers. They provide masks to employees, customers and suppliers.