Entries in IKEA (4)


IKEA to Open Budget Hotels

PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/GettyImages(NEW YORK) -- IKEA, the Swedish budget furniture retailer, plans to open 100 hotels across Europe for cost-conscious travelers.

The first hotel is expected to open in Germany. The location is to be announced in the coming weeks.

Few other details are available, but the Financial Times reported the hotels will not use the IKEA name or be run by Inter IKEA, the company that owns IKEA. Instead, IKEA will collaborate with an established hotel operator.

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IKEA's Latest Offering: You Won't Find It in the US

PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/GettyImages(WASHINGTON) -- IKEA stores in the U.K. are now selling more than couches and shelves.  

The chain is now offering Ol Mork Lager, a dark lager beer.  The bottle is decorated with drawings of hops and features the yellow and blue IKEA logo.

Although the product is new, reviewers on the site Untappd have described the drink as “surprisingly good” and “very sweet” with a “nice malt taste.”  Eleven users have given the beer a rating of 3.46 out of 5.

For 1.75 pounds ($2.75), the 12 oz. bottled beer is available for in-store pickup.

This isn’t the only alcoholic beverage available at the store — a spiced snaps flavored with caraway, anise and fennel is also available. The IKEA menu also offers food items such as Swedish meatballs and herring.

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IKEA Assembles Team to Fight Sexy Product Names

PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Swedish furniture manufacturer IKEA has been forced to hire a group of experts who speak Thai, after a series of its Scandinavian-sounding products were misinterpreted when the store opened in Thailand.

The Wall Street Journal reports, for example, "Redalen," which is both a town in Norway and a bed sold by the company, also sounds like getting to "third base" in the Thai language.  Other examples include "Jättebra," which is what the company dubbed a plant pot -- though it also means a crude sexual act to the ears of folks in Bangkok.

To play it safe, the experts hired by the company are simplifying the Swedish names, and changing certain words to steer clear of anything untoward.

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IKEA Recalls Glass Mugs for Laceration Risk

Photo Courtesy - U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission(CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.) -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and IKEA announced a recall Friday for approximately 13,000 glass mugs sold at the company’s locations throughout the U.S. and another 115,000 sold abroad for fear that they could shatter while in use due to variations in glass thickness.

The company says at least one person has required medical attention for lacerations after using RUND clear glass mugs. IKEA says it has received an additional 11 reports outside of the U.S., four of which resulted in injury.

The glasses affected were sold at IKEA stores nationwide from Oct. 2009 through March 2010.

The company said it is offering full refunds to customers who return the glasses to an IKEA location.

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