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IKEA store in Denmark welcomes customers stranded in snow overnight


Several people were forced to spend the night in an IKEA store in northern Denmark after a heavy snowstorm.

On Wednesday evening, six customers and about two dozen employees were trapped in the Aalborg store and slept in display beds.

Up to 30 centimeters of snow fell on Wednesday evening as the department store was due to close.

“It was too dangerous to drive on the roads,” store manager Peter Elmose told AFP on Thursday.

“It was too dangerous to go out and we couldn’t make our employees take those risks and then since there were six customers left, we invited them too,” he said.

Those in the IKEA store were offered shelter and food – crisps and Swedish cinnamon rolls – inside the staff canteen, before watching TV.

“It was a really lovely evening, enjoying each other’s company,” Elmose said. “Everyone got a full night, our mattresses are good.”

When the store reopened on Thursday, all bedding and linens had been changed, he added.

Danish media reported that workers at a nearby toy store also spent the night in the snow on Wednesday evening. About 300 travelers also had to stay overnight at Aalborg airport.

Large parts of Denmark, including the capital Copenhagen, have been hit by heavy snowfall, causing traffic delays and temporary power outages.

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