IKEA is coming!  

PillsburyCodeBoy 61M
479 posts
8/2/2005 6:45 am

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IKEA is coming!

Tomorrow is the grand opening of the new IKEA store in Frisco, Texas, north of Dallas. People are camping out in the parking lot to win prizes. It's been making the news.

If you're not familiar with IKEA, it's a huge home furnishings warehouse store. Everything is what I think is called Scandinavian modern design. However, it's all made in places like India and Taiwan, so it's relatively inexpensive, at least compared to Scandinavian furniture made in, say, Scandinavia. Everything comes in flat boxes, and you put things together yourself. The instructions aren't even of the "Insert-flap-A-into-slot-B" variety. They're usually more like one sheet with three pictures and a couple of arrows pointing behind you.

They don't open a lot of stores. Until now, the only IKEA store in Texas was in Houston. I used to go there whenever I visited my family. I guess all those postcards I dropped in the suggestion box over the past 15 years saying "Open a store in the Dallas area!!!" finally paid off. If you live in the Dallas area and you've been waiting for IKEA, you can thank me now.

It's a fun store just to walk around in. I'm not in the market for a lot of furniture, so I've never bought any big pieces from them. But their housewares are pretty cool and reasonably priced. I have a lot of lamps, glasses, cutting boards, vases, picture frames, rugs, wastebaskets, and the like that I've bought from IKEA over the years. I can go in with not much money and come out with a lot of stuff. My kind of store.

Part of the fun of the place is that they give faux Swedish names to everything. Like a footstool called Bromma, a bed called Malm, a bookcase called Leksvik, and a lamp called Arstid. Unless those are real Swedish words. In which case I'm not really the cunning linguist I think I am (sorry, couldn't resist).

I'd like to go this weekend, but it's going to be "tax-free" weekend in Texas, and it's going to be brutal out there. I'm not sure I'm up to fighting the crowds. After all, my aikido classes haven't started yet.

A couple of random thoughts:

Frisco may or may not be the fastest growing city in Texas. I've heard different stories. But there's no doubt it's growing very fast. In 1990, Frisco had a population of 6,138. This year it has a population of 75,330. By 2010 it's projected to have a population of 111,050. I guess that's as good a place for any for an IKEA store.

They always spell IKEA as if it were an acronym, but I don't think it is one. Why do they do that? We all know all caps looks like shouting in print. Are they trying to shout?

(Alex )

8/2/2005 9:12 am

IKEA stands for Ingvar Kamprad, the founder and Eneryda Agunnary, the family farm where the company was started.

wyvernrose 39F  
3962 posts
8/2/2005 9:17 am

lol I don't know this seems about the only place they don't have IKEA I looked into it once and we have to order from Brisbane

Ah well I don't like flat pack all that much when I buy furniture I spend money on it and expect it to last, otherwise I just salvage second hand until I can afford to buy what I want ......hmmmmmmm carved deep rich mahogany ever want me drolling that is how


PillsburyCodeBoy 61M

8/2/2005 9:46 am

Orangeman, thank you for clearing up the origin of the name.

rm_jayR63 60F
1884 posts
8/2/2005 8:33 pm

Never been but I love Pier One Imports

rm_pootle47 59F

8/3/2005 1:48 pm

The best thing I ever got from Ikea was a big toy shop for my kids. Full size counter and stock shelves. It was brilliant and they played with it for years.

They do brilliant kids beds too, castle turrets, slides, fab stuff.

bemusedgoddess 53M/49F  
71 posts
8/7/2005 11:22 am

Scandanavian girl here...
IKEA is a trip...on so many levels!
I love it and loathe it...
Watch out for all the impulse buying, they are geniuses with displays.
And don't feel too strange if you feel like a rat trapped within a maze, that's also on purpose...
But at least they supply food there, if you get lost!

PillsburyCodeBoy 61M

8/7/2005 7:26 pm

I tried to go this weekend and ran into a bumper-to-bumper traffic jam almost 10 miles out. The radio station I normally listen to advised people who don't live in Frisco to stay away, and they attributed it directly to it being IKEA's first weekend. Well, that and the fact that it was "tax-free" weekend in Texas, i.e., no sales tax Friday through Sunday on clothing and select school supplies. IKEA is very close to a large mall, so overall it was not the best weekend to avoid crowds no matter where you went. Anyway, I guess I'll wait until the excitement dies down.

I've never bought any large pieces of furniture at IKEA, but their housewares are awesome. I'm sure my great-great-great grandchildren will still be using the cutting board I bought there a few years ago.

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