Ever heard that a furniture store would cause massive traffic jams and a wait time of over three hours just to get an entry? Well, the opening of IKEA in Bengaluru did just that and much more. The first weekend since the opening of IKEA at Nagasandra saw thousands of people flock to the store. The crowd was so great that the store had to close its gates till the security could manage the situation. At one point, IKEA said that the wait time to get inside their store was a staggering three hours, and asked its customers to plan their visit accordingly.
Despite waiting for several hours, many customers returned empty-handed, without even getting the chance to enter the store. On June 25, the Nagasandra metro station, which sees an average of 13,000 riders (on the Green Line) and 16,000 boarders (people who switched from the Purple Line to the Green Line) every day, saw a whopping 23,878 riders and 30,067 boards.
BMRCL managing director Anjum Parwez said the train frequency was eight minutes on Saturday since there is usually no rush on weekends. "We will improve the frequency of services between Majestic and Nagasandra based on the traffic demand and footfall." We want to check whether this crowd is an initial euphoria or a regular phenomenon. We will analyze the situation for a few more weeks and take a decision, "he told the Times of India.
The IKEA store was inaugurated by Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on June 22. The store at Nagasandra is the Swedish furniture conglomerate’s third and largest store yet in India. The other two stores are located in Hyderabad and Navi Mumbai.