Cult of IKEA gets in line for debut

Full story: Orlando Sentinel

When Sabrina Robinson heard that Swedish home-furnishing retailer IKEA was coming to Orlando, she circled the opening date on her calendar, asked for extra time off work and delayed planned furniture purchases.
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Andrew Sudduth

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Nov 14, 2007
 
IKEA whack
Ahmed

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Nov 14, 2007
 
Its a good thing
Yung Bary

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Nov 14, 2007
 
IKEA is a boring store to be in.
RME

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Nov 14, 2007
 
Yeah...they're all freaks. I like Ikea but not enough to camp out in front of it.
Orlando Homegrown

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#5
Nov 14, 2007
 
To look around us here in Central Florida you'd think our economy was busting at the seams. Who would ever guess that we are on the very brink of a financial recession.
Sue

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Nov 14, 2007
 
IKEA is one of the best places to shop, simply because they do things well. We've redone our kitchen using their cabinets, and they were not only beautiful but very simple to hang - the best we had used after three different kitchens in three different houses. It's a fun store with plenty of little goodies throughout to make things entertaining, simply to walk through.
JoBbDnBkr

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Nov 14, 2007
 
Give us a break.
It's just a retail store people!!!
Get a life :)
Carol

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Nov 14, 2007
 
Sue wrote:
IKEA is one of the best places to shop, simply because they do things well. We've redone our kitchen using their cabinets, and they were not only beautiful but very simple to hang - the best we had used after three different kitchens in three different houses. It's a fun store with plenty of little goodies throughout to make things entertaining, simply to walk through.
Sue, I've always wondered about their kitchens. Which style, if you don't mind my asking, did you choose for yours? They mailed me a couple of kitchen catalogs in the past and the kitchens were very well-priced with numerous optional features.

I like IKEA, too, but - just as with every other retail store out there - I'll never like it enough to camp out for grand opening day!
Jason

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Nov 14, 2007
 
Um.. it's IKEA. How pathetic you people get all excited about something like this. Haven't any of you been to IKEA before? If you haven't, you're not missing much. Cheap crap that's appropriate for college students - that's fine, but why are people waiting in line? My god Orlando is so backward.
JGJ

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Nov 14, 2007
 
Sue wrote:
IKEA is one of the best places to shop, simply because they do things well. We've redone our kitchen using their cabinets, and they were not only beautiful but very simple to hang - the best we had used after three different kitchens in three different houses. It's a fun store with plenty of little goodies throughout to make things entertaining, simply to walk through.
IKEA is cheap and along the same quality as Target's furniture, in my opinion. But, whatever floats your boat.
Heres a thought

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Nov 14, 2007
 
Most of the negative comments this morning are being made by employees of other retail stores that are not happy about the opening. Those are the stores where you pay $50 for a wicker basket of $10 for a glass. I have been to IKEA in 4 states and use products every day from them every day. I can assure the local P1 or C&B or WE that I won't be back in those stores anytime soon. Besides IKEA has great cookies!
Fantasyland

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Nov 14, 2007
 
Particle board junk with imitation wood tape! Spend your money on $#!+ and enjoy the experience.
Thin the herd

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Nov 14, 2007
 
Why bother?
satisfied customer

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Nov 14, 2007
 
If you don't like IKEA, you've never been to one. True, it's just a furniture store, but with a different attitude.

When I worked in France 25 years ago, there was an IKEA in my city of over 1 million people. Very popular, very trendy, very value-conscious. I will DEFinitely shop at IKEA.... once the crowds die down.

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Nov 14, 2007
 
Orlando Homegrown wrote:
To look around us here in Central Florida you'd think our economy was busting at the seams. Who would ever guess that we are on the very brink of a financial recession.
That's why so many people want to shop at Ikea. There's a lot of pent-up demand here for nice furniture at LOW prices. Ikea is a perfect fit for this area's demographic; go to Crate and Barrel, Living Quarters, Z-Gallerie and the other high-end furniture stores and you will see that while they have traffic not nearly as many people will actually be buying.
JGJ

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Nov 14, 2007
 
Can anyone explain to me why these people are waiting in line for this store on a Wednesday? Don't people have jobs?
Sensible

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Nov 14, 2007
 
Jason wrote:
Um.. it's IKEA. How pathetic you people get all excited about something like this. Haven't any of you been to IKEA before? If you haven't, you're not missing much. Cheap crap that's appropriate for college students - that's fine, but why are people waiting in line? My god Orlando is so backward.
People line up wherever a new Ikea opens.I remember that it was the same way when their first store in Chicago opened (and Chicago is not a backward place).
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Nov 14, 2007
 
satisfied customer wrote:
If you don't like IKEA, you've never been to one. True, it's just a furniture store, but with a different attitude.
When I worked in France 25 years ago, there was an IKEA in my city of over 1 million people. Very popular, very trendy, very value-conscious. I will DEFinitely shop at IKEA.... once the crowds die down.
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Actually, there is an IKEA in my hometown of Columbus, Ohio - its been there for 5 years - and the quality of product sucks. I furnished my 1st apt. with that crap and I was highly dissatisfied. I will always pay for quality; IKEA sells crap - to me. That is just my opinion!:)
Dr Rosenrosen

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#21
Nov 14, 2007
 
Maybe they haven't been to an IKEA since they were little kids and they think the whole store is one big ball room. Cause that's all I remember about IKEA. The ball room.
Who wants to go mess around in the ball room? under the cover of plastic orbs, gettin freaky by the slide. Sounds like a fine time.
Freddie

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#22
Nov 14, 2007
 
How pathethic. Its a furniture store people, not a concert. Its not an event, its a furniture store. My how people are easily swayed by marketing.

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