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IKEA in the ACT – the countdown is on

By Alexandra Craig 20 October 2015 44


In four weeks, on November 16, IKEA will throw open the doors to its much awaited Canberra store. I personally have been excited for this for quite some time and am in desperate need of a new lounge so I can’t wait.

I wrote about IKEA’s opening in Canberra a little over a year ago and discussed some of the pros and cons of our new Swedish buddy at Majura Park. Most of these are to do with the new jobs IKEA will bring (ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr will meet with Ikea management and the first 100 or so of around 250 new staff today as they attend an induction day), as well as the jobs it would take from smaller independent furniture stores. A lot of comments did express excitement about Swedish meatballs, so that’s something to keep in mind for the opening date.

I think there’s another side to this though – how will IKEA shape the way big chain furniture stores like Fantastic Furniture and Domayne do business. I mentioned that I was in the market for a new lounge. My lounge looks like something that I pulled out of the Mugga Lane tip. I bought it when I moved to Canberra almost five years ago, from Fantastic Furniture. Five years of binge watching television, having lots and lots of friends’ butts sit on it or crash on it over night, not to mention the delightful impact one of my cats has had on it. It has overstayed its welcome for far too long (the lounge, not the cat) and last month I was sick of waiting for IKEA and took myself off to a major furniture store in search of a new one.

I found one that I liked but it was going to take nearly three months until it actually arrived for me to take home. Three months!? Ridiculous, I say. This isn’t a custom piece, nor is it from a small privately-owned store. It’s a mass produced piece from a major retailer.

I decided then and there I would wait for IKEA. The lounge I wanted from IKEA was better anyway, it’s a tad cheaper, and when I want it I can just walk in and get it.

While IKEA will definitely have negative flow-on effects for some retailers, I think the accessibility of product at IKEA will encourage other retailers here to become more competitive and savvy. No one is going to cop a huge wait when they can get a similar thing immediately from IKEA.

For the sake of small business in the capital I hope IKEA doesn’t thump the independents too hard, but I’m keen to see it force other big businesses to tighten up their trading practice quick smart.

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dungfungus 7:43 am 16 Nov 15

Today’s the big day.
ACT Government doing its best to promote IKEA with the overhead signs on main arterial roads in Canberra advertising the fact and also suggesting that there may be some traffic congestion.
Phillip Clark on 666 is suggesting (jovially) fumes from the meatball vats could interfere with jet aircraft.

rubaiyat 9:21 pm 11 Nov 15

Congratulations Ikea!

You’ll do well in Canberra!

JimCharles 10:09 am 07 Nov 15

David M said :

Raging Tempest said :

David M said :

A few years ago my daughter and I went to Sydney and picked out a new queensize bed for her bed room. She liked it… We assembled the bed. Lo and behold, the bed rails were around 75 centimetres too short for the mattress.!

Given that you pick up each part of the bed separately, it sounds like you picked up the wrong size rails. Problematic when you are a seven hour round trip away, but not the company’s fault. If they were labelled incorrectly, well, that is shit service.
The aren’t for everybody, but they have been around over 60 years, so their model obviously works.

Actually, no, the rails were the correct ones for the bed, and for an Ikea mattress and therefore too short for standard mattresses, it’s something no-one would notice until, as we did, they used a standard mattress.

You do have to be so careful and take measurements, it’s the same in Europe.
Not only the beds, but the quilts and the covers are different dimensions…so an Ikea King is different to a UK King, but i guess they can’t make every countries size.
But then Aussie and UK sizes are also different for how they classify “standard” sizes.

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