Store managers decided to clamp down on what they described as 'illegal date clubs'. Since the store opened several years ago, hundreds of lonely, divorced or widowed elderly people have descended on the cafeteria in search of love and companionship. Management said they occupied seats for 'extended periods,' 'spoke loudly,' 'spat on the floor,' 'flirted' and had 'quarrels and fights'. The store posted a notice saying: "From today, the restaurant will only be for people who purchase their food first.
Ikea bans 'illegal' blind-dating group from store cafeteria in Shanghai | The Independent
Ah yes, IKEA: the Swedish furniture giant known for its warehouses full of inexpensive furniture, Swedish meatballs, and…serial-dating Chinese seniors? In recent years, IKEA cafeterias in China have mysteriously transformed into a popular destination for elderly Chinese to gather and spend time with one another, often for hours at a time. Managers at the IKEA location in Shanghai complain that many visitors do not even make purchases before settling themselves down in the canteen to socialize with strangers who are there for the same reason. Now, IKEA has had enough. From today, the restaurant will only be for people who purchase their food first. If there is another place in Shanghai where elderly people can gather, we are more than ready to pay twice as much and travel further. But maybe IKEA only has itself to blame.
September 27, by aixcentric. A pretty amazing prospect but this is one of the activities on offer this week as Ikea Vitrolles re-opens. The store will be open on Sunday 2nd October hrs, with salsa sessions in the afternoon. Posted in Shopping 1 Comment.
Ikea has banned an elderly matchmaking group from one of its restaurants in China unless it agrees to start paying up. The Swedish retailer has told its cafeteria in Shanghai to stop anyone having a seat unless they buy food. But there are barely any peers there. We feel like aliens there - surrounded by youngsters.