The Swedish company IKEA, the world’s largest retailer of furniture and household goods, has updated its plan to enter the Ukrainian market, deciding to launch e-commerce first. “In order to make the range of IKEA functional products with attractive designs and prices affordable for as many people in Ukraine as possible, the company decided to launch e-commerce first. The expected launch date is spring 2020,” the company said. At the same time, they confirmed their intention to open a store in Kyiv.
“IKEA confirms its commitment to Ukraine and plans to open the first store in Kyiv as soon as possible after the launch of e-commerce,” the company said.
As reported, in the summer of 2019 IKEA announced the launch of an official website for Ukrainian consumers and the recruitment of staff to work in the first urban-format store in Kyiv (about 100 employees). The opening of the store was scheduled for the end of 2019.
In September 2018, IKEA officially announced the opening of the first city store in Ukraine in 2019. The facility was supposed to be opened in the Ocean Mall trade center in Kyiv. However, the retailer later said that due to the delay in building the shopping center, the company is considering alternative ways to start business in Ukraine.
The network in Ukraine is developed by IKEA Southeast Europe, which is part of IKEA Group (Ingka Holding B.V.). The company is engaged in the retail business of IKEA in Croatia, Serbia, Romania, and Slovenia.
New Yorker Ukraine LLC (Kyiv), which is developing the German clothing and footwear network New Yorker in Ukraine, opens a store in the River Mall trade center at 12 Dniprovska Esplanade in Darnytsky district of Kyiv, thereby expanding the Ukrainian network to ten stores.
According to the press service of the mall, the store will be located on the second floor of the facility and will occupy 1,100 square meters.
The outlet will be the fourth one in Kyiv and the tenth one in Ukraine.
The New Yorker network has been developing in Ukraine since 2011.
According to the company’s website, as of August 22, 2019, the chain had nine stores in Kyiv, Odesa, Lviv, Kharkiv, Kryvy Rih, and Sumy. The New Yorker international chain has more than 1,000 stores in 40 countries.
Ukraine’s banks almost quadruple net profit in Jan-July 2019
KYIV. Aug 22 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Solvent banks in Ukraine in January-July 2019 received UAH 36.7 billion in net profit, which is 3.7 times more than in the same period in 2018, the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has said.
According to its data, the income of banks this year increased by 30%, to UAH 141.4 billion, while expenses by 6%, to UAH 104.7 billion.
Based on the previously released data, in July, the net profit of Ukrainian banks grew by 3.8 times, to UAH 5.69 billion: revenues increased by 23.1%, to UAH 20.34 billion, while expenses decreased by 2.5%, to UAH 14.65 billion.
The main factors in the growth of bank profit are the increase in net interest income by 19%, to UAH 46.3 billion, the growth in net commission income by 16%, to UAH 24.7 billion, a positive result from revaluation and from sale and purchase operations (UAH 10.6 billion), a decrease in deductions for reserves to UAH 6.3 billion against UAH 11.6 billion last year.
The NBU expects the sector returns to remain high in 2019.
As reported, in 2018, the banking system’s profit reached a historic high of UAH 21.7 billion.
Fozzy Group has opened a new supermarket Fora with an area of 1,500 square meters in the Cherry Mall trade and entertainment center (Vyshneve, Kyiv-Sviatoshynsky district of Kyiv region), expanding the network to 244 objects.
“One of the main anchor tenants, the modern Fora supermarket, has opened in the new Cherry Mall trade center. The operator is located on the ground floor of the shopping center on an area of about 1,500 square meters,” the press service of UTG, the exclusive agent for leasing retail space in Cherry Mall, said.
The assortment of the store includes 5,000 commodity items. In addition to six self-service cash desks, it has five regular cash desks and two express cash desks.
The retailer’s press service told the Interfax-Ukraine agency, the outlet is the largest one in the Fora chain. It became the 244th network object in Ukraine and the 221st one in Kyiv region.
According to UTG, the mall is completing internal repairs on leased space and is preparing for the grand opening of the mall. The total area of Cherry Mall will be 18,000 square meters, rental some 15,000 square meters, while 90% of the space has already been leased.
According to the company’s estimates, attendance at Cherry Mall in the first year will be about 15,000-18,000 people a day with the prospect of further growth to 20,000 people.
The Swedish owner of the clothing chain Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M) will open a third store in Ukraine at River Mall shopping and leisure center at 12 Dniprovska Naberezhna Street on September 12.
As a press service of River Mall’s broker Colliers International (Ukraine) reported, the two-storey store with an area of 2,900 square meters will be designed in a new interior concept.
According to the broker, H&M Sport men’s collection will be on display in the new store for the first time in Ukraine.
Epicenter K LLC (Kyiv), developing a network of eponymous DIY construction materials hypermarkets in Ukraine, as well as being the exclusive representative of the international sports brand Intersport, has opened the first multi-brand outlet shop Intersport in Ukraine. According to the press service of the company, the store is located in Berkovetska Street in Kyiv, its area is 2,800 square meters. Thus, the retailer expanded the network in Ukraine to 23 outlets.
“Brand clothes and Intersport’s own trademarks will be presented in the Intersport outlet in Berkovetska Street,” Director of Intersport Ukraine Yulia Maksymenko said. As reported, in 2015 Epicenter K signed a partnership agreement with Swiss-based IIC-Intersport International Corporation GMBH, which is one of the leaders in the world trade in sports goods.
The Intersport group of companies was established in 1968. The network has more than 5,500 stores in 44 countries of the world.
Sweden’s IKEA, the largest furniture and household goods retailer in the world, has officially announced the opening of a first store in Ukraine in the city store format in the shopping and entertainment center Ocean Mall in 2019. “The company will open its first store of the new city format in Kyiv in 2019. It will be one of the first IKEA city stores in the world… along with France, the U.K., Denmark, the United States and China. The store in Kyiv will be located in the shopping and entertainment center Ocean Mall,” the press service of the company said.
According to the announcement, the new format of the stores is smaller in size and located in the central part of the city to satisfy the demands of modern consumers who want to make purchases closer to home, as well as online.
“Taking into account the results of the market and consumer preferences study, our team has chosen the most favorable business model, which will enable IKEA to implement plans in Kyiv in the near future. In the new store of the city format, our buyers will get acquainted with the new IKEA approach to creating a comfortable life for as more people as possible,” IKEA Southeast Europe CEO Stefan Vanoverbeke said.
As reported, the report of the Swedish retailer for 2017 says that the company is testing a new city store format, one with a smaller area and closer to the city.
As was announced earlier, IKEA plans to open stores with an area of up to 5,000 square meters in Warsaw’s Blue City shopping and entertainment mall (Poland) and in the center of Paris (France). They will stock a smaller assortment of goods, with emphasis shifted to online commerce services.
In December 2017, IKEA announced plans to open the first facility in Kyiv within two years.
According to the press service, the development of the network in Ukraine will be under the aegis of IKEA Southeast Europe, which is part of the IKEA Group (Ingka Holding B.V.). The company is engaged in retail business IKEA in Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Slovenia. Swedish IKEA is one of the world’s largest retail chains for furniture and household goods. The owners of the IKEA Group are Ingka Holding B.V. and structures under its control.