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It’s Day One for IKEA Canberra

By Serina Bird Huang (aka Ms Frugal Ears) - 16 November 2015 13

Ikea

IKEA is here, IKEA is here! It is impossible to miss the big blue box as you head towards the airport. For many Canberrans, there is a sense of pride that Canberra is finally getting an IKEA all of its own. For others, there is a long shopping wish list.

I was excited to participate in a behind the scenes tour conducted ahead of the opening today. At 26,000 sqm and only one single level, IKEA Canberra is not the largest in Australia; but it is the most sustainable. The store is lit entirely by energy efficient LED lighting, and there are over 1,900 solar panels on the roof.

Ikea kitchen

IKEA researched the Canberra market before opening and visited 120 families. Canberrans, it found, are house proud, have larger than average homes, and enjoy cooking and entertaining at home. They also like their outdoors spaces — seasonally — and this is reflected in outdoor furniture settings displayed in store. In winter, IKEA will feature more cosy settings such as throw rugs over armchairs.

outdoor

The IKEA Canberra store has features not yet available in other Australian IKEA stores, such as the IKEA Café. The café complements the restaurant, co-situated in the 380-capacity space. I could see an array of cakes, muffins and juices already on display at the cafe, and was a tad regretful we did not get to sample the baked items. IKEA Canberra will serve FIKA (afternoon tea) daily from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.  The restaurant will also serve IKEA’s popular Swedish meatballs and $3.99 breakfasts.

costumes

IKEA Canberra is also the first IKEA store to promote the LATTJO play collection; it is basically dressups and games for people of all ages, designed to bring fun into everyday life. We dared our tour guide Michael Russell to wear a white tutu style item.  He graciously volunteered but when he realized it was nailed to the display opted to a put on a brain hat instead.  I have decided I would quite like a cape.

brainhat

The kitchenware area in IKEA Canberra is also unique in its innovative use of wall space. “Some cooking sections have large expanses of white walls,” said Michael. “But not here.” Instead, the walls are covered with gleaming saucepans and frypans and bright red bundt pans.

baking

Nor are children forgotten. “They are the most important people in the world,” said Michael. Customers can leave their children in the Smaland playground for up to an hour while they shop. Then they can feed them a $3.69 children’s meatball meal, and enjoy a coffee as their kidlets play in safe children’s area within the restaurant.

smaland

IKEA Canberra opens to the public at 9.30am today. IKEA will provide coffee and other activities from 6.00am. The roads around the Majura Road shopping precinct have changed. This will help decrease congestion, but I did find it confusing to navigate.

There are regular ACTION buses to IKEA with a bus stop directly in front of the IKEA entrance. ACTION will operate additional buses during IKEA’s opening week.

Where: 1030 Majura Road, Majura 2609
Website: www.ikea.com/au/en/store/canberra
When: Opening day is today, November 16, 2015. Coffee will be served outside the store from 6am with the countdown to the 9.30 opening starting at 9am.

There are extended trading hours for the first week:

Monday: 9am-9pm
Tues-Friday: 10am-9pm
Saturday: 9am-9pm
Sunday: 10am-9pm

Regular trading hours commence on November 23:

Mon-Thur: 10am-7pm
Friday: 10am-9pm
Saturday: 9am-7pm
Sunday: 10am-6pm

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13 Responses to
It’s Day One for IKEA Canberra
rubaiyat 6:31 am 18 Nov 15
Charlotte Harper 2:31 pm 17 Nov 15

Deref, the article is most definitely not an ad, though the writer did attend the pre-launch event as a guest of IKEA. We ran it because we know how much interest there is in the newly opened furniture store and it gave readers a preview of what to expect.

dungfungus 1:54 pm 17 Nov 15

watto23 said :

dungfungus said :

“The store is lit entirely by energy efficient LED lighting, and there are over 1,900 solar panels on the roof.”
All made in Australia I assume (not)?

Because lets face it Australian companies would buy the cheapest solar panels as well regardless of where they are built and would never ever avoid paying tax……. You’ve got a bee in your bonnet about Ikea. You need to move on, find something to be happy about.
You don’t have to shop there, but if it improves the local economy, I’m all for it. There are already stories of people planning to come to Canberra for a weekend to visit Ikea and see places they haven’t been to. My aunty who lives an hour out of Sydney thinks coming to Canberra will be quicker for her so she’ll come here instead, when she wants to go to Ikea instead of the Sydney stores. More money for our local economy.

The point I was making is that there are no longer any solar panels being made in Australia yet we are supposed to be the leaders in renewable energy.
But you’re right, I shouldn’t worry about the money and jobs IKEA will be ripping out of Canberra so I’ll move on following my eternal quest to find something to be happy about.

Deref 1:37 pm 17 Nov 15

Great ad!

watto23 12:46 pm 17 Nov 15

dungfungus said :

“The store is lit entirely by energy efficient LED lighting, and there are over 1,900 solar panels on the roof.”
All made in Australia I assume (not)?

Because lets face it Australian companies would buy the cheapest solar panels as well regardless of where they are built and would never ever avoid paying tax……. You’ve got a bee in your bonnet about Ikea. You need to move on, find something to be happy about.
You don’t have to shop there, but if it improves the local economy, I’m all for it. There are already stories of people planning to come to Canberra for a weekend to visit Ikea and see places they haven’t been to. My aunty who lives an hour out of Sydney thinks coming to Canberra will be quicker for her so she’ll come here instead, when she wants to go to Ikea instead of the Sydney stores. More money for our local economy.

John Moulis 12:11 pm 17 Nov 15

Masquara said :

Ha ha heard ABC666 announcer tying herself in knots trying to warn us about traffic conditions near Ikea this morning – without mentioning Ikea by name!

A bit like a certain commercial radio station which missed out on the ad account (“Skewing too old” said one of their announcers), and so they refer to IKEA as “the flat-pack retailer”.

Alexandra Craig 10:53 am 17 Nov 15

Kellamity said :

Dear people who got up at 3am to go to Ikea, what is wrong with you?

OMG I know. I read an article about the people that arrived first, and the people that arrived second were actually upset that they weren’t first.

dungfungus 9:48 am 17 Nov 15

wildturkeycanoe said :

There isn’t much that makes IKEA Swedish apart from its origins. “Design and Quality of Sweden – Made In China”. The products we bought including the flat pack cabinet were all made in China, even the Swedish flags everybody was waving about came from Taiwan….

Were the meatballs also made in China?

wildturkeycanoe 7:02 am 17 Nov 15

There isn’t much that makes IKEA Swedish apart from its origins. “Design and Quality of Sweden – Made In China”. The products we bought including the flat pack cabinet were all made in China, even the Swedish flags everybody was waving about came from Taiwan….

Masquara 10:46 pm 16 Nov 15

Ha ha heard ABC666 announcer tying herself in knots trying to warn us about traffic conditions near Ikea this morning – without mentioning Ikea by name!

Kellamity 2:11 pm 16 Nov 15

Dear people who got up at 3am to go to Ikea, what is wrong with you?

MERC600 1:46 pm 16 Nov 15

Ah opened at last. I don’t need any more furniture, got enuff. But will wander in when it quietens down, to check out their cafe.
Are any of the resident Riot food scribes going to write it up soon ?. I look forward to their contribution.

dungfungus 9:42 am 16 Nov 15

“The store is lit entirely by energy efficient LED lighting, and there are over 1,900 solar panels on the roof.”
All made in Australia I assume (not)?

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