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Ikea for Canberra

By 6 May 2014 26

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The distinct blue and yellow of Swedish flat pack giant Ikea will soon be part of the Canberra landscape. According to an article on the Canberra Times, ‘commercial sources around Canberra have confirmed the agreements have been signed to sell the 7.6ha site’ with an un-named interstate construction team poised to get on with the job.

Ikea will take up residence at the new Majura Parkway Estate, one more location for their list of stores which currently tops 260 across 25 countries.

The deal is yet to be officially confirmed, but is likely to be announced later this week.

How this will effect local independent furniture suppliers remains to be seen.

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26 Responses to Ikea for Canberra
#1
Holden Caulfield10:25 pm, 06 May 14

I might have mentioned that on here a little while back. ;)

#2
watto2311:21 am, 07 May 14

Independent furniture suppliers are probably not in the same market as Ikea. Maybe fantastic furniture perhaps has something to worry about? Also the companies that have been delivering ikea from Sydney to Canberra, although I guess even flatpacks can be hard top get home in some vehicles, so they will probably just deliver from the Canberra store.

#3
mountainman11:25 am, 07 May 14

Mmm – those meatballs! I’m guessing http://www.bringithome.com.au is not overly excited about the news? Although I guess watto23 is correct, perhaps there will still be a business delivering those large flat packs from the Canberra store to the locals.

#4
FourFour12:00 pm, 07 May 14

I’m keen on there being a stack of jobs here (rather than paying for the jobs in the Sydney stores) – so it’s a win on that front from me.

#5
Jivrashia2:46 pm, 07 May 14

Well, that’s one less excuse to go to that mad city with its clogged up artillery road.

Bring it oneth.

#6
dungfungus8:15 am, 08 May 14

I wonder what concessions were given by the ACT Government to get them here?
I suspect there was some serious “bidding” between the government and the airport people across the road.
Other than rate revenue and GST I can’t see any other economic benefit being passed on to us.

#7
bigfeet9:05 am, 08 May 14

Having never been to an Ikea store I’ve got to admit I’m interested to see what all the fuss is about.

I am wondering however if it will go the way of Krispy Kreme. Before we got one in Canberra everyone was crying out that we desperately needed a store and that opening one here would make millions. There also were regular organised runs to Sydney to pick up boxes of the stuff.

Once the store opened here the novelty quickly wore off and it just struggled to get by.

#8
Roundhead8910:35 am, 08 May 14

bigfeet said :

Having never been to an Ikea store I’ve got to admit I’m interested to see what all the fuss is about.

I am wondering however if it will go the way of Krispy Kreme. Before we got one in Canberra everyone was crying out that we desperately needed a store and that opening one here would make millions.

There also were regular organised runs to Sydney to pick up boxes of the stuff.

Once the store opened here the novelty quickly wore off and it just struggled to get by.

One thing nobody has mentioned is that it will be on the other side of Majura Dr, away from Costco, Masters, etc meaning that shoppers will have to make a special trip to go there. Will people be willing to do that?

#9
watto2310:36 am, 08 May 14

dungfungus said :

I wonder what concessions were given by the ACT Government to get them here?
I suspect there was some serious “bidding” between the government and the airport people across the road.
Other than rate revenue and GST I can’t see any other economic benefit being passed on to us.

Well given Ikea have said approximately 5-10% of the 2 Sydney stores revenue came from Canberrans, its better off in Canberra than in Sydney. Creates more jobs and will actually mean people from Southern NSW will come to Canberra to go to Ikea and Costco. This is the sort of thing you conservatives love Dungfungus, or do you not want anything to change at all? apparently they already have 22,000 members in Canberra also. Even in Sydney, some people have to travel an hour or more to get to Ikea and it makes money.

#10
Roksteddy10:37 am, 08 May 14

It will be a while before it’s opened though. They have to construct the place using one Allen key.

#11
watto2310:39 am, 08 May 14

bigfeet said :

Having never been to an Ikea store I’ve got to admit I’m interested to see what all the fuss is about.

I am wondering however if it will go the way of Krispy Kreme. Before we got one in Canberra everyone was crying out that we desperately needed a store and that opening one here would make millions.

There also were regular organised runs to Sydney to pick up boxes of the stuff.

Once the store opened here the novelty quickly wore off and it just struggled to get by.

There is already a strong Ikea customer base in Canberra. Krispy Kremes suffered in Australia in general, the product wasn’t that great. I had a coffee from there once and apparently the beans they used were sweetened !!!! I asked for no sugar in my coffee, returned it and they made me another. same flavour and they said the beans are sweetened to go with the donuts…..

#12
A_Cog11:20 am, 08 May 14

I drove to a Sydney IKEA over a long weekend to buy the sofa I wanted. Seven hour roundtrip. Not great, but not a killer either.
When I was paying, the cashier asked me, “for marketing purposes, what’s your postcode?”
I said “2600″.
She said, “oh, we always get alot of Canberrans down here on long weekends. I wonder why that is.”
I said, “it’s because this wonderful danish-inspired sofa is $429, and the closest comparison I could find in Canberra was $2500.”

I could have bought SIX sofas from IKEA for one Canberra sofa. Oh sure, I could have just bought some second-hand fat-guy sofa from Queanbeyan Salvos for $50, but I wanted something comfy and beautiful.

So yeah, I *wonder* what the impact will be on other Canberran furniture stores.

FINALLY, some competition. Now if we could only get some competition for almost every other business sector here.

#13
switch11:30 am, 08 May 14

Roksteddy said :

It will be a while before it’s opened though. They have to construct the place using one Allen key.

I suppose they could make some public art from the bits left over, too.

#14
dungfungus12:30 pm, 08 May 14

A_Cog said :

I drove to a Sydney IKEA over a long weekend to buy the sofa I wanted. Seven hour roundtrip. Not great, but not a killer either.
When I was paying, the cashier asked me, “for marketing purposes, what’s your postcode?”
I said “2600″.
She said, “oh, we always get alot of Canberrans down here on long weekends. I wonder why that is.”
I said, “it’s because this wonderful danish-inspired sofa is $429, and the closest comparison I could find in Canberra was $2500.”

I could have bought SIX sofas from IKEA for one Canberra sofa. Oh sure, I could have just bought some second-hand fat-guy sofa from Queanbeyan Salvos for $50, but I wanted something comfy and beautiful.

So yeah, I *wonder* what the impact will be on other Canberran furniture stores.

FINALLY, some competition. Now if we could only get some competition for almost every other business sector here.

What is so good about something that is “Danish-inspired”?
It’s probably made in China anyhow.

#15
dungfungus1:16 pm, 08 May 14

switch said :

Roksteddy said :

It will be a while before it’s opened though. They have to construct the place using one Allen key.

I suppose they could make some public art from the bits left over, too.

In Paris, a church was constructed from the easily identifiable steel offcuts left over when the Eiffel Tower was completed. Most of the labour was supplied by workers from the tower construction.
All that will be left over from the Ikea store construction is some huge cardboard flatpack cartons (with Allen keys already nominated). Canberra could have a tourist attraction named the “The Big Box”.

#16
A_Cog1:16 pm, 08 May 14

dungfungus said :

What is so good about something that is “Danish-inspired”?
It’s probably made in China anyhow.

Danish style furniture is simple, clean lines, looks beautiful. Sure it’s made in China, everything is. I got this from IKEA for $429: http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/80160730/

The only thing I could find in Canberra even close to what I wanted cost $2500 and was something like this: http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/img-thing?.out=jpg&size=l&tid=43444650

#17
Grrrr1:40 pm, 08 May 14

Roundhead89 said :

One thing nobody has mentioned is that it will be on the other side of Majura Dr, away from Costco, Masters, etc meaning that shoppers will have to make a special trip to go there. Will people be willing to do that?

Thousands of Canberrans drive for 3 hours to get to the Sydney store – yet you’re wondering if they will cross the road to visit the Canberra store!

dungfungus said :

What is so good about something that is “Danish-inspired”?
It’s probably made in China anyhow.

Ikea is Swedish, not Danish – and maybe you could do a bit of googling before making statements that are probably wrong: 22% of Ikea stuff is manufactured in China. It is designed by both design groups in Sweden, and freelancers globally. http://www.ikea.com/ms/en_JP/customer_service/faq/help/about_store/about_stores.html#11

Half of Ikea’s furniture is as bad as the cheap + nasty places around town, at about the same price. The other half is well designed and good value. You just have to be prepared to devote a whole Sunday afternoon to assembling a bed set …

A local store opening is going to save us burning a bunch of petrol .. and I wouldn’t be surprised if they do $1m/mo turnover. People want it, no doubt.

#18
Ben_Dover1:59 pm, 08 May 14

If anyone wanted any more, (god forbid,) proof that Canberra is the world’s most BORING capital city, they need look no further than the news, web, and TV coverage of a bloody furniture shop opening here.

Honestly people, it’s a furniture shop, not Wonderland.

#19
Maya1232:10 pm, 08 May 14

A_Cog said :

dungfungus said :

What is so good about something that is “Danish-inspired”?
It’s probably made in China anyhow.

Danish style furniture is simple, clean lines, looks beautiful. Sure it’s made in China, everything is. I got this from IKEA for $429: http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/80160730/

The only thing I could find in Canberra even close to what I wanted cost $2500 and was something like this: http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/img-thing?.out=jpg&size=l&tid=43444650

“I got this from IKEA for $429″. Very good value, but I hope it comes in more exciting colours.
I will visit the store when it opens. I am looking for a particular piece of furniture. I doubt they will have it, but I will check them out in case.

#20
dungfungus2:19 pm, 08 May 14

Grrrr said :

Roundhead89 said :

One thing nobody has mentioned is that it will be on the other side of Majura Dr, away from Costco, Masters, etc meaning that shoppers will have to make a special trip to go there. Will people be willing to do that?

Thousands of Canberrans drive for 3 hours to get to the Sydney store – yet you’re wondering if they will cross the road to visit the Canberra store!

dungfungus said :

What is so good about something that is “Danish-inspired”?
It’s probably made in China anyhow.

Ikea is Swedish, not Danish – and maybe you could do a bit of googling before making statements that are probably wrong: 22% of Ikea stuff is manufactured in China. It is designed by both design groups in Sweden, and freelancers globally. http://www.ikea.com/ms/en_JP/customer_service/faq/help/about_store/about_stores.html#11

Half of Ikea’s furniture is as bad as the cheap + nasty places around town, at about the same price. The other half is well designed and good value. You just have to be prepared to devote a whole Sunday afternoon to assembling a bed set …

A local store opening is going to save us burning a bunch of petrol .. and I wouldn’t be surprised if they do $1m/mo turnover. People want it, no doubt.

Maybe you should read the OP first. The phrase was “Danish-inspired”. Everyone knows Ikea is based in Sweden and as you have confirmed some of their stuff is made in China. I used the qualification “probably” (made in China).
Have a nice Sunday afternoon assembling your Swedish-inspired bed.

#21
Pork Hunt4:47 pm, 08 May 14

dungfungus said :

switch said :

Roksteddy said :

It will be a while before it’s opened though. They have to construct the place using one Allen key.

I suppose they could make some public art from the bits left over, too.

In Paris, a church was constructed from the easily identifiable steel offcuts left over when the Eiffel Tower was completed. Most of the labour was supplied by workers from the tower construction.
All that will be left over from the Ikea store construction is some huge cardboard flatpack cartons (with Allen keys already nominated). Canberra could have a tourist attraction named the “The Big Box”.

The Big Box, gateway to Fyshwick …

#22
Pork Hunt4:51 pm, 08 May 14

Ben_Dover said :

If anyone wanted any more, (god forbid,) proof that Canberra is the world’s most BORING capital city, they need look no further than the news, web, and TV coverage of a bloody furniture shop opening here.

Honestly people, it’s a furniture shop, not Wonderland.

Why then did you settle here when you arrived from the old dart?

#23
dungfungus6:53 pm, 08 May 14

Pork Hunt said :

dungfungus said :

switch said :

Roksteddy said :

It will be a while before it’s opened though. They have to construct the place using one Allen key.

I suppose they could make some public art from the bits left over, too.

In Paris, a church was constructed from the easily identifiable steel offcuts left over when the Eiffel Tower was completed. Most of the labour was supplied by workers from the tower construction.
All that will be left over from the Ikea store construction is some huge cardboard flatpack cartons (with Allen keys already nominated). Canberra could have a tourist attraction named the “The Big Box”.

The Big Box, gateway to Fyshwick …

I was going to suggest the location but, you know this is a family blog now.

#24
Holden Caulfield7:47 pm, 08 May 14

Krispy Kreme went t$ts up because, funnily enough, they got too greedy and opened too many stores. For a product that isn’t that great they would have been better off sticking to exclusivity so that having something akin to a sugar injection was a novelty and not something you could get during your lunch break at Woden Plaza. Or Civic. Or Belconnen. Or pretty much anywhere.

#25
RB788:21 pm, 08 May 14

Roundhead89 said :

One thing nobody has mentioned is that it will be on the other side of Majura Dr, away from Costco, Masters, etc meaning that shoppers will have to make a special trip to go there. Will people be willing to do that?

Most Canberrans would probably need to make a ‘special trip’ to go to Costco, Masters etc. already.

#26
dungfungus8:26 pm, 08 May 14

RB78 said :

Roundhead89 said :

One thing nobody has mentioned is that it will be on the other side of Majura Dr, away from Costco, Masters, etc meaning that shoppers will have to make a special trip to go there. Will people be willing to do that?

Most Canberrans would probably need to make a ‘special trip’ to go to Costco, Masters etc. already.

The light rail will solve all that.

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