IKEA may be opening in Ramallah

JERUSALEM (JTA) — IKEA is considering opening a branch in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Two IKEA executives visited Ramallah last month and met with the Palestinian Authority economics minister, Jawad al-Naji, according to the Israeli daily Yediot Achronot.

Israel has IKEA megastores in Netanya and Rishon Lezion. A third IKEA megastore is scheduled to open next year in Kiryat Ata.

IKEA plans to have the Ramallah employees train at the Netanya store, which has an employee training center, according to the newspaper.

Matthew Bronfman, the franchisee for IKEA in Israel, was updated by company executives on the talks with the Palestinian Authority.

“If asked, we’ll be happy to help establish the store,” Bronfman told Yediot.

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