JOHOR BARU: Many Singaporeans endured the traffic jam and large crowds on Sunday (Nov 19) to visit IKEA’s newly opened outlet in Johor Baru.
IKEA Tebrau, which opened its doors last Thursday, is the Swedish company’s largest outlet in Southeast Asia.
Although it is located just 16km from Woodlands Checkpoint, some Singaporeans who drove across the Causeway faced congestion lasting up to two hours on Sunday morning.
The traffic jam at Woodlands Causeway was exacerbated by the first school holiday weekend for Singaporeans.
“It’s not usually this bad,” said Mdm Fatimah Amin, who left her home at Tampines at 9am and reached IKEA Tebrau at noon.
“I wanted to check out the new IKEA store, and perhaps buy some kitchenware. Jam or no jam I think you can’t deny that the prices here are much cheaper than the stores in Singapore,” added the 48-year-old school teacher.
Mdm Fatimah purchased a Behagfull 24-piece kitchen cutlery set at RM139 (S$45). The same set costs S$55 at IKEA Singapore outlets.