IKEA will shortly be opening its first store in the Philippines and Dortek are extremely proud to be playing our part in the fitting out of, what will, the world’s largest IKEA store. IKEA are the world’s biggest furniture retailer, and this new store is located in the Mall of Asia in the Manila Bay area.
The upcoming IKEA Pasay City store will span across 65,000m2, roughly 700,000ft2, which is the equivalent of more than 150 basketball courts. The store will be split over two shopping levels and will also feature a restaurant (featuring IKEA’s world-famous Swedish meatballs), as well as a children’s playroom. The store’s size also includes space for a call centre, an e-commerce hub and a warehouse, all of which is linked with various walkways connected to the structure in the main mall. The store will stock more than 8,000 products and it is expected that in excess of 7 million people per year will visit the store.
Dortek have manufactured and will be installing 32 GRP door sets – 24 single and 8 doubles – all with GRP frames. Our GRP doors are located in the brand new, state of the art, kitchen and restaurant areas. Dortek doors were specified by the architect for this project as we had worked successfully with them on a number of IKEA store projects across Asia in Malaysia and Thailand. The exceptionally quality of our doors has been recognised along with the hygienic benefits they offer as well as the pleasing aesthetics and the low long term maintenance costs.
The GRP door sets will be installed in both food processing and preparation areas, as well as wash down areas. Dortek doors are not affected by water or cleaning chemicals – our doors will never swell, rot, warp, de-laminate or rust unlike timber or steel doors – this being a key reason for specification on this and other IKEA projects. The ultra-clean construction of our GRP doors also prevents bacteria from harbouring. Manila is the 5th IKEA project that Dortek has worked on in Asia and we are delighted to confirm that we have also supplied doors to a new IKEA store in Singapore. We have installed GRP doors in all of the IKEA stores in the UK and Ireland and also in IKEA stores in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney.