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12.12 28 Jan 2018


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The founder of IKEA has died at the age of 91.

Ingvar Kamprad was only 17 when he started the company before it took off with customers a few years later.

He got the idea to start the company after he saw an employee taking the legs off a table so it could fit into a customer's car.

The shrewd teenager realised that saving space meant saving money and built his empire on the simple concept.

In a statement - the company described the man behind the iconic Swedish flat-pack furniture - as one of the greatest entrepreneurs of the 20th century.

The IKEA Group now owns 276 stores in 25 countries.

There is a grand total of 313 IKEA stores in 38 countries/territories. The other 37 stores are owned and run by franchisees outside the IKEA Group in 17 countries/territories.

The sole Irish IKEA store opened in Ballymun, Dublin on 27th July 2009. 

 

 

 


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