Cult of IKEA gets in line for debut

Cult of IKEA gets in line for debut

There are 69 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Nov 14, 2007, titled Cult of IKEA gets in line for debut. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

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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DCM

San Antonio, TX

#45 Nov 14, 2007
Jimbo Cobb wrote:
You'd think one of these articles would actually mention where the store is. I've read about 5 Sentinel articles on IKEA, and I still have no idea where the store is located.
Its located adjacent the Mall at Millenia, behind Bloomingdales. You can easily see the store from Conroy Road when you drive by Bloomingdales. Its BIG and BLUE, you wont miss it.

GO IKEA!!
What if

Orlando, FL

#46 Nov 14, 2007
JGJ wrote:
Can anyone explain to me why these people are waiting in line for this store on a Wednesday? Don't people have jobs?
Free gifts.
UCF TailGator

Orlando, FL

#48 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.
From what I understand freaks come out to these openings everywhere. This whole Damn country is backwards, if this is how we react to a retail box furniture store opening up. My god people is your life that meaningless that you nead to fill the holes by buying stuff?
Scooby

Orlando, FL

#49 Nov 14, 2007
UCF-TailGator wrote:
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From what I understand freaks come out to these openings everywhere. This whole Damn country is backwards, if this is how we react to a retail box furniture store opening up. My god people is your life that meaningless that you nead to fill the holes by buying stuff?
I admit it: I am jealous of the people that didn't have to work so they could go today instead of waiting for the weekend. I don't know what it is, but I just love their stuff! I've been waiting for 2 years for this store to open.

Maybe they use mind control or some other type of mojo to convince otherwise rational people that cheap crap is the way to go...
Pachacutec

Fort Collins, CO

#50 Nov 14, 2007
RE people standing outside for 3 days for anything - When one of the Star Wars movies came out, they had some guy on the news who had quit his job to stand in line for a few days before the movie opened. Now, we're not talking about a special, once-in-a-lifetime event, we're talking a movie, which would normally run for at least a week? And this guy was old enough to know better, I believe he was around 30 or so? Wow, his family must be SO proud of him! Can you imagine his next job interview, "why did you leave your last job?" And we'll see the same sort of behavior the day after Thanksgiving, when everyones' at the stores at 2 in the morning, trying to get that one bargain tv that the store has in stock... As I said, I like IKEA's stuff, but for standing in line for 3 days, they'd have to be handing out some seriously big money for me to do that, not just some cheap prizes.
Ted

White House, TN

#51 Nov 14, 2007
We got up early this morning showed up at 8am and stood in line until the store opened watching the entertainment. There were definitely some hardcore IKEA fans. I had never been to an IKEA before so I really wanted to check it out. We didn't get a free chair but did get some other free IKEA-branded items such as an umbrella along with a $10 gift card. Believe it or not, it really wasn't that bad. The crowd was less than I expected and the traffic was a breeze. It was nice to tour the store and check everything out and really enjoyed their 'showrooms' Overall it was a fun experience. Not worth camping overnight for in my opinion but glad to see the whole IKEA experience.
jem

Salisbury, UK

#52 Nov 14, 2007
ikea-I've been boooooring
People are retarded

Orlando, FL

#53 Nov 14, 2007
RE-TAR-DED
Orlando Nan

San Antonio, TX

#54 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.
If we're so backward perhaps you should turn your attention elsewhere, Jason. Every area has its upside and downside. The year I spent in the Bay area was remarkable for its nice weather, polite people (even on the road) and superb cultural options. There was also comically over-priced housing, schools so crowded my kids ate lunch seated on the gym floor, and some not-so-subtle immigration issues. No place is perfect.
Vernon

Clearwater, FL

#55 Nov 14, 2007
LOSERS
Jack

Kissimmee, FL

#56 Nov 14, 2007
You people are in for a rude awakening if you get all hopped up over a place to spend money when you should be worried about how to make it. We are literally months away from a major econonomic disaster.
mitt

Melbourne, FL

#57 Nov 14, 2007
My boyfriend received the catalog in the mail the other day. I browsed through it because we need to refurnish the living room. There's no way in HELL I would purchase anything from there not even for my 5 year old's room. Everything in there is plain and every style is the same just but just in a different color. BORING!!
Anonymous

Oviedo, FL

#58 Nov 14, 2007
#30 says: "Absolutely, here's the deal, you lemmings: IKEA just wants your money!"

* Oh, and Pottery Barn doesn't? Target doesn't? Please. The "_______ company just wants your money" argument is banal and ignorant.

#32 says: "IKEA particle board furniture. At those prices, it won't last !"

* Then how do they have dozens of stores all over the world, including Europe, Asia, and the Middle East? They do pretty well. You don't have to like it.

The people griping about how cheap it is should talk to the people griping about spending money on the brink of a recession. Would you prefer people going ga-ga over the new, over-priced, nothing extraordinary West Elm store right next door to Ikea, or do you just need something to complain about?
Vernon

Clearwater, FL

#59 Nov 14, 2007
I've got to hand it to them. They know suckers and how to bring them in. Any idiot who thinks that going to a retail store is "the experience" deserves to give their money away. These morons are a marketers dream! More power to them and retailers who can generate that feeling. Keeps our economy chugging right along.
PS: I'm sure its really green to buy new wooden furniture instead of buying antiques or pieces that don't kill trees.
Timber!
Brendan

Orlando, FL

#60 Nov 14, 2007
Anonymous wrote:
#30 says: "Absolutely, here's the deal, you lemmings: IKEA just wants your money!"
* Oh, and Pottery Barn doesn't? Target doesn't? Please. The "_______ company just wants your money" argument is banal and ignorant.
#32 says: "IKEA particle board furniture. At those prices, it won't last !"
* Then how do they have dozens of stores all over the world, including Europe, Asia, and the Middle East? They do pretty well. You don't have to like it.
The people griping about how cheap it is should talk to the people griping about spending money on the brink of a recession. Would you prefer people going ga-ga over the new, over-priced, nothing extraordinary West Elm store right next door to Ikea, or do you just need something to complain about?
Hear hear!
IKEA Fan

Bushnell, FL

#61 Nov 14, 2007
I went today. I didn't buy because of the crowds. I have been putting off redoing my kitchen hoping IKEA would get here. My kitchen is very small, similar to European kitchens, and IKEA caters to residences that have small spaces. Straight clean lines are best, not those overstuffed sofas. By the way, my IKEA items from 1993 and 1996 are still working and fine.
CPK

Englewood, CO

#62 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.
Oh yeah. Jason the Nerd from San Francisco is back.

Whenever there's a story in the Sentinel about something good happening in Orlando, he comes from out of the woodwork to make a negative comment.

That's Jason the Nerd who's loving life in San Francisco so much that he regularly makes time to read up on the latest in the Orlando Sentinel.
Pachacutec

Fort Collins, CO

#63 Nov 15, 2007
IKEA Fan wrote:
My kitchen is very small, similar to European kitchens, and IKEA caters to residences that have small spaces. Straight clean lines are best, not those overstuffed sofas. By the way, my IKEA items from 1993 and 1996 are still working and fine.
Thank you! I have a 1 bedroom apartment and my kitchen and dining area are extremely small. I bought a dining table w/ 4 chairs from IKEA a few years ago, the whole set was under $200. No, it's not fancy furniture, but it fits my dining area and after a couple of years of use, all of the pieces are still in great shape.
REV

AOL

#65 Nov 15, 2007
Oddly enough my teenager asks to go to IKEA - her first IKEA experience - she moved from south Florida to NY she said if she needed a home and could pick anywhere - it would be IKEA -- I love the store too and am not surprized there are IKEA GROUPIES...
Freddie

Lady Lake, FL

#66 Nov 15, 2007
Vernon wrote:
I've got to hand it to them. They know suckers and how to bring them in. Any idiot who thinks that going to a retail store is "the experience" deserves to give their money away. These morons are a marketers dream! More power to them and retailers who can generate that feeling. Keeps our economy chugging right along.
PS: I'm sure its really green to buy new wooden furniture instead of buying antiques or pieces that don't kill trees.
Timber!
I agree. People that fall for the "shopping experience" and "athmosphere" are idiots who cant think for themselves and are easily swayed by what someone tells them. Cant these people think for themselves? I guess not. Its funny how people easily fall for these marketing gimmicks.

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