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Meatballs with furniture coming to Snowtown?

By johnboy - 8 August 2013 28

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The Canberra Times has been thrown a bone about Ikea’s interest in the new Majura Parkway Estate.

Normally Canberra is too small a market for an IKEA. But we do have a transient population, lots of money, and a love of Scandinavian style.

For what it’s worth last year I wrote a poem about IKEA for Bad Slam No Biscuit.

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Meatballs with furniture coming to Snowtown?
JC 6:42 pm 09 Aug 13

dkNigs said :

Personally after a visit to Ikea in Tempe I left feeling like it was quite of lot of cheap nasty crap and wouldn’t ever go back except for maybe built in wardrobes or a kit kitchen. If this does come to Canberra though it’s going to kill the cheap furniture stores.

It is what it is, provided you know that before hand there is nothing wrong with it. Unlike a lot of stuff people pay a premium price for only to find it is really cheap and nasty crap.

PS the price we pay for Ikea is about twice that in the rest of the world. No surprised I guess.

dungfungus 6:30 pm 09 Aug 13

You want to buy IKEA then?
This is the trade-off: http://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/adelaide-business-modular-furniture-close-031322120.html
Why stop there? Buy a Volvo and then we can have an Adelaide car maker close down as well.

HiddenDragon 4:41 pm 09 Aug 13

Having read your pithy Slam piece, JB, I assume IKEA’s offerings would fit in nicely with the bland, sterile, spiritless, character-free, self-loathing interior design aesthetic which seems to be de rigeur these days?

Savanna100 2:10 pm 09 Aug 13

There was an article on the Local News last night saying that Ikea denied that they were in discussions to open a store in Canberra. Oh well, we could only hope…

RedDogInCan 2:08 pm 09 Aug 13

BombaySapphire said :

Part of me hopes it will happen, the other part is not looking forward to everyone in Canberra owning the same decor as me!

I’d be more worried about my house looking like a porn film set Warning – NSFW

1967 12:58 pm 09 Aug 13

MrBigEars said :

I wonder if there’s a market for assembling IKEA furniture for other people?

When all else fails, read the instructions.

Or you could end up like these poor old sods.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bvz0iLY3Nlw

watto23 8:50 am 09 Aug 13

dkNigs said :

Personally after a visit to Ikea in Tempe I left feeling like it was quite of lot of cheap nasty crap and wouldn’t ever go back except for maybe built in wardrobes or a kit kitchen. If this does come to Canberra though it’s going to kill the cheap furniture stores.

Which cheap furniture stores? The $2 shops with occasional bits of furniture. IKEA is generally much highly in quality and style then anything offered there. I’ve got a dozen IKEA bookcases and had them for years and years. never an issue, the cheap ones from around town, keep breaking so i end up replacing them with IKEA ones. Did my whole study with i think 4 bookcases and a small corner one for about $450. I found plenty of bookcases for $200 and plenty of cheap ones too, but none had the modularity and different sizes that Ikea had, which would have required custom furniture made.

dkNigs 8:31 am 09 Aug 13

Personally after a visit to Ikea in Tempe I left feeling like it was quite of lot of cheap nasty crap and wouldn’t ever go back except for maybe built in wardrobes or a kit kitchen. If this does come to Canberra though it’s going to kill the cheap furniture stores.

JC 6:34 pm 08 Aug 13

One point of order Johnboy, this new estate is not part of Snowtown. This development is being done by the government on the land between Snowtown and the Majura Parkway.

watto23 4:43 pm 08 Aug 13

MrBigEars said :

I wonder if there’s a market for assembling IKEA furniture for other people?

There is a market for that and for picking it up from the Sydney stores and bringing it back to Canberra.

If its going to happen anywhere, the presence of a costco i think may help sway Ikea into opening a store out there as they’d work on similar population models. They ask for postcodes from memory, so they’d know where people come from to buy Ikea in Sydney. Its whether they can get enough new buyers who won’t travel to Sydney….

MrBigEars 12:30 pm 08 Aug 13

I wonder if there’s a market for assembling IKEA furniture for other people?

Cyph 12:26 pm 08 Aug 13

Let’s hope this actually happens. Sydney already has two IKEAs (with a third on the way). About time we got one!

Bluenomi 12:09 pm 08 Aug 13

I won’t believe it until I can walk in their door and get me some meatball. Mmm Ikea meatballs, who cares what’s in them!

steveu 11:48 am 08 Aug 13

I think the local horses may be worried.

BombaySapphire 11:19 am 08 Aug 13

Part of me hopes it will happen, the other part is not looking forward to everyone in Canberra owning the same decor as me!

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