Tuesday, June 16, 2009
'IKEA' Comes to Abkhazia
After the row over the opening of a Benetton fashion store in the disputed region of Abkhazia, which caused Georgian Benetton outlets to go on strike in protest, an EUobserver.com blogger reports that improvised IKEA, Mango and Zara shops are trading in the Abkhaz capital, Sukhumi. They aren't official outlets, but use pirated logos to give the impression that they might be (see Nicu Popescu's photo). Wily businessmen, it seems, are finding a way around the trade embargo to ensure that Abkhazia gets its share of affordable but hard-to-assemble shelving units.