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Word on the street is that Swedish retailer Ikea is thinking about finally building a store in Ohio and is currently considering the three big metro areas… Cleveland, Cincinnati, and the perfectly centrally-located retail-driven test-market-haven known as the greater Columbus Metropolitan area. Which of these three areas do YOU think would be the best fit for Ikea?

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53 Responses to Ikea Contemplates Ohio Store, Potentially in Columbus

  1. honavery June 20, 2006 11:07 am at 11:07 am

    Hmmm. I think Columbus makes the most sense out of the three cities. Toledo people will go to the Detroit one, and maybe even Cleveland’ers.

  2. Ndcent
    Ndcent June 20, 2006 11:48 am at 11:48 am

    If they put one in Cleveland I’d still go to the Pittsburgh one.

  3. shroud
    shroud June 20, 2006 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm

    I agree that Columbus makes the most sense location-wise in Ohio.

    I wonder why that’s even a tough decision for them — maybe they don’t want to tick off Clevelanders especially who might think they “deserve” it more?

  4. Walker Evans
    Walker June 20, 2006 1:23 pm at 1:23 pm

    Clevelanders are only what… 1/10th of the state population? I don’t think they’d need to worry about pissing off 10% of the state. A central location makes the most sense to me. Go for Columbus! 8)

  5. honavery June 20, 2006 1:30 pm at 1:30 pm

    Eh, if you include the metro population of Cleveland it is over 3,000,000. Still, if they don’t like it, they can go to the Michigan one. Columbus will have people from Cincy, Dayton, Indianapolis, Louisville, Lexington, and other areas of those states be put much closer than the current situation.

  6. Walker Evans
    Walker June 20, 2006 3:41 pm at 3:41 pm

    Ok, i just looked it up…

    Wikipedia wrote As of the 2000 Census, the city proper had a total population of 478,403, making it the 33rd largest city in the nation and the second largest city in Ohio. Recent estimates from the United States Census Bureau show it to currently be the 36th largest in the nation. It is the center of Greater Cleveland, the largest metropolitan area in Ohio, which spans several counties and is defined in several different ways by the Census Bureau. The Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor Metropolitan Statistical Area has 2,250,871 people and is the 23rd largest in the country. Cleveland is also part of the larger Cleveland-Akron-Elyria Combined Statistical Area, which is the 14th largest in the country with a population of 2,945,831 according to the 2000 Census.

    But anyway… I still think a central location (Columbus) to the population of the ENTIRE state (and beyond) would be a better choice.

  7. brothermarcus
    brothermarcus June 20, 2006 7:40 pm at 7:40 pm

    i would love to have one in columbus… but realistically- i think that cincinnati would be the best place for one, if you look at existing store locations the north, west and east of ohio are somewhat covered- but not much to the south. a cincy store would be close for columbus and draw a good number if it has good access to i-75. i know i’ll go to it regardless where they place it, maybe having one locally wouldn’t be such a good thing for me in the long run?

  8. Big_Ben June 20, 2006 8:33 pm at 8:33 pm

    The population of the entire state of KY is roughly 4 million :P And I think that is pushing it. The majority of the population of KY is in Louisville, Lexington and NKY. All are under 3 hours drive to Columbus. I think Columbus is the better choice of the 3.

  9. honavery June 20, 2006 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm

    As much as I hate to say it Marcus may have a point. If they locate it on the outerbelt of Cincy on the north side, that gives easy access to Columbus and Indianapolis and a much shorter drive for Louisville people.

  10. Walker Evans
    Walker June 21, 2006 8:57 am at 8:57 am

    Ok, I’m going to figure this thing out. Map it all out and whatnot. How far would everyone say that people are willing to drive to go to an IKEA? 3 hours? 4 hours? 5 hours??? Let’s establish a number and figure out which of the 3 C’s would have the biggest reach.

  11. honavery June 21, 2006 9:14 am at 9:14 am

    I would say 4 hours tops….but its hard to say. I know my sister goes to school in South Carolina and has talked to people who have come all the way up from Tennesee to go to Easton.

  12. Anne Evans
    Anne June 21, 2006 9:21 am at 9:21 am

    Would probably only go 3 hours tops.

  13. Bonnie Dodds
    bonniefide June 21, 2006 9:29 am at 9:29 am

    I’d go 3 hours max too… which is already what i do when i go to pittsburgh. So, i’d probably just keep going to pittsburgh unless the newer store was nicer & bigger.

  14. honavery June 21, 2006 9:39 am at 9:39 am

    I should clarify….I wouldn’t drive 4 hours. For just the store itself maybe an hour….maybe. Of course if I was going to Pittsburgh for a day for something else, I would stop by.

    Which ever city is picked, it should still be closer for us than the one in Pittsburgh though.

  15. Brewmaster
    Brewmaster June 21, 2006 9:58 am at 9:58 am

    Personally, I never understood driving 3 hours to go to a store that has a WEBSITE!!! C’mon people, it’s 2006! :D

    I know that it’s better to look at things in person before buying them, but for me, I’ll keep going to http://www.ikea.com/ms/en_US/ unless they build a store within Columbus’ city limits.

  16. honavery June 21, 2006 9:59 am at 9:59 am

    How expensive is the stuff to ship?

  17. Walker Evans
    Walker June 21, 2006 10:06 am at 10:06 am

    Brewmaster wrote Personally, I never understood driving 3 hours to go to a store that has a WEBSITE!!! C’mon people, it’s 2006! :D

    Have you been to an IKEA? It’s a huge store. Lots of fun to walk around in and you can usually spend a whole day in there.

    The thing that I like about their stores is that they have all the demo setups… the mock-rooms where you can see how all of their store items work together and compliment each other. It’s two different things to see a throw pillow on a shelf with other throw pillows, and to see a throw pillow on a couch in an actual laid out living room. You might not think you like something until you see how it will look in use, and IKEA stores nail that concept on the head. As much as I love the internet, you can’t really replicate that online. And I can’t think of any other large department stores that do this to the extent that IKEA does.

    As for shipping it all depends on what you’re buying. A few small items are cool for me to order online, but if I’m going to buy a whole carload of junk I’d rather drive 3 hours to Pittsburgh and make a trip/adventure out of it.

  18. honavery June 21, 2006 10:24 am at 10:24 am

    I’m sure I’m the only person here who hasn’t been to it yet….but what is the crate and barrell like over at Easton? When I lived in Chicago I always liked walking through that store.

  19. Walker Evans
    Walker June 21, 2006 10:35 am at 10:35 am

    C&B is cool. I’m not a huge fan or anything since it really just feels like a higher-end version of the home/kitchen section at Target. Nice stuff if you like higher-end gear. It was a good replacement for the Virgin Megastore.

    But yeah, Crate&Barrel is on a fraction of the size and a fraction of the selection of goods compared to what you can find at IKEA. The layout of C&B resembles more of a standard department store too.

  20. Anne Evans
    Anne June 21, 2006 10:55 am at 10:55 am

    IKEA sells practically nothing on their website. It isn’t that good.

  21. ddavis June 21, 2006 10:55 am at 10:55 am

    Besides a lot of the stuff on the Ikea website is for sale instore only. So you can’t order everything. I would love to have a Columbus location. I guess the Pittsburgh one is close, but I’ve never even been there. So max driving time for me would be less than that. I’d be game driving to Cincy or Cleveland though.

  22. Brewmaster
    Brewmaster June 21, 2006 11:21 am at 11:21 am

    OK…Walker sold me on all of that display room talk. But I still can’t see driving 3 hours to make a trip only for a store.

    Mapquest says it’s 370 miles roundtrip to Pittsburgh. That’s about $40 in gas, or if you use the IRS mileage number of $0.445/mile, it”ll cost you $165. That can go a looooong way to cover shipping charges.

    And I love Crate and Barrel. I actually think some of the non-furniture items are very well priced (especially compared to Pottery Barn).

    It doesn’t seem like anyone can touch the furniture prices of IKEA though. So what if it’s made out of particle board. If you think that dining room table is a little worn after a few years, donate it to charity and buy another! It was only $299, and now you get a tax write-off.

  23. The Hegemo
    The Hegemo June 21, 2006 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm

    I’ve driven to Pittsburgh just to go to Ikea, a couple times.

    When I lived in Kingston, Ontario, I drove to Ottawa at least once just to go to Ikea and buy a desk I’d spotted there in the as-is room on the weekend before. That was a four-hour round trip.

    So I’d easily do either Cleveland or Cincinnati. Cincinnati would be preferable for me since my parents live there, and Columbus would be most preferable because I live there, but nowhere in Ohio would be too far for me (Toledo would be pushing it, but I could hardly see them putting one there with the Detroit store so close)

  24. gazercmh June 21, 2006 1:35 pm at 1:35 pm

    i went to pittsburgh for the weekend once, with a trip to ikea being part of the plan. i thought it was cool at the time, but some of the stuff we bought hasn’t held together so well. i think ikea is great if you’re a college kid looking for cheap furnishings, but otherwise is rather overrated.

    but if they built one in columbus, i’m sure i’d go there on occasion…

  25. Ndcent
    Ndcent June 21, 2006 2:00 pm at 2:00 pm

    gazercmh wrote i went to pittsburgh for the weekend once, with a trip to ikea being part of the plan. i thought it was cool at the time, but some of the stuff we bought hasn’t held together so well. i think ikea is great if you’re a college kid looking for cheap furnishings, but otherwise is rather overrated.

    but if they built one in columbus, i’m sure i’d go there on occasion…

    Right…good knick-knacks and smaller items. I wouldn’t buy a couch-bed-entertainment center there, but I would buy shelfs, lamps, glassware, etc there.

  26. Guest June 21, 2006 3:06 pm at 3:06 pm

    Here’s all you need to know (looked up on Google maps).

    Columbus to:

    Indianapolis – 175 miles – 3 hr 20 min

    Dayton – 70 miles – 1 hr 15 min

    Cincy – 100 miles – 1 hr 45 min

    Toledo – 138 miles – 3 hr

    Cleveland – 142 miles – 2 hr 30 min

    Lexington – 188 miles – 3 hr 30 min

    Louisville – 206 miles – 3 hr 45 min

    Pittsburgh – 185 miles – 3 hr 20 min

    Cincinnati to:

    Indinapolis – 111 miles – 2 hr 15 min

    Dayton – 49 miles – 1 hr

    Columbus – 100 miles – 1 hr 45 min

    Toledo – 198 miles – 4 hr

    Cleveland 243 miles – 4 hr 10 min

    Lexington – 88 miles – 2 hr

    Louisville – 106 miles – 2 hr 5 min

    Pittsburgh – 284 miles – 5 hr

    Cleveland to:

    Pittsburgh – 134 miles – 2 hr 30 min

    Cincinnati is the only logical choice. If they did make an Ikea in Columbus, Clevelanders would still have a slightly shorter drive to the Pittsburgh Ikea than the one here, which takes them out of the market, leaving you with only Indianapolis, Dayton, Cincy and the two Kentucky cities in the running (I’m leaving out Toledo). All of those cities are by far closer to Cincinnati. I’m not going to argue though, I’d still take an under two hour drive to Cincy over a three and a half hour drive to Pittsburgh any day. Besides that, Cincy is even farther away from the Pittsburgh location, so they’d have less to worry about as far as the two competing with each other.

  27. honavery June 21, 2006 3:16 pm at 3:16 pm

    Good list there.

    I agree, from those stats Cincy makes the most sense. The good thing for us is I think they are likely to build it on the North outerbelt there, so it will be a bit closer than going into the city. I don’t see them putting it downtown.

  28. Brewmaster
    Brewmaster June 21, 2006 3:43 pm at 3:43 pm

    I guess I don’t understand why Cincy, Columbus, Cleveland, and Indy can’t all have one. If these stores live up to the ungodly hype, then you’d think a single metro of 2,000,000+ people could easily make one very, very profitable without requiring people to drive 3 hours. Hell, if this were Walmart, there would be 47 of these built at various locations throughout the midwest. They said that they plan to add about 5 new stores each year. Isn’t it reasonable to assume that all 4 metros have one within 10 years?

  29. Walker Evans
    Walker June 21, 2006 3:51 pm at 3:51 pm

    Yeah, that’s some good info so far. What I’d like to find out though is what the populations of the major metro areas within 3 hours of Columbus is and what they are 3 hours of Cincy, and take into consideration that anyone closer to Detroit or Pittsburgh will go to those instead. Columbus is the most central spot for all of Ohio, but a good portion of NW and E Ohio has closer IKEAs. Cincy would be further from competing stores and closer to other markets, but some of those metro areas (Lexington, Dayton) are much smaller, so they may not have the same impact on store sales.

    I’m thinking it may be more logical for a Cincy store, but probably not by much. The Cleveland Metro area is huge and from downtown Cleveland to Columbus and Pittsbugh may be roughly the same distance, but plenty of the metro area towards Akron and Canton may be a quicker drive to Columbus than to Pittsburgh. Plus there’s the small factor of state loyalty. If you have two stores equal in distance but one is in your state and one is in another state, many people would prefer to keep their money in state. Also… what is PA’s sales tax compared to Ohio? I know we’re pretty low…

    Another thing to consider is growth. Central Ohio is growing rapidly while other areas are shrinking. Are these other metro areas projected to grow or shrink in the next 10-20 years?

    So many factors to consider. Too bad I’m not getting paid to do this. :lol:

  30. Walker Evans
    Walker June 21, 2006 3:57 pm at 3:57 pm

    Brewmaster wrote If these stores live up to the ungodly hype, then you’d think a single metro of 2,000,000+ people could easily make one very, very profitable without requiring people to drive 3 hours. Hell, if this were Walmart, there would be 47 of these built at various locations throughout the midwest.

    They’re not an everyday store like Walmart. They’re big, but the majority of their items are home decor. I don’t think they’d have the same sort of repeat customers as a Walmart or Target would.

  31. honavery June 21, 2006 4:10 pm at 4:10 pm

    Actually, last I heard, essentials in PA have no sales tax. I’m not sure if furniture falls into that category, but I know clothes and food do.

  32. Walker Evans
    Walker June 21, 2006 9:31 pm at 9:31 pm

    Ok, I just sat down and figured some things out using this list of U.S. metro areas (yes I know they’re 2 years old, but they’re still pretty accurate) and good ol handy google maps.

    I figured out which of these metro areas are within a 3.5 hour drive of Columbus and which are within a 3.5 hour drive of Cincinnati. I eliminated any that were closer to existing IKEAs in Pittsburgh, Detroit, or the two in Chicago. These eliminated metro areas include Toledo, Youngstown, Sandusky, and most of northern Indiana, just to name a few.

    A lot of the metro areas are overlapping, both being in reach of Cols and Cincy. The few advantages that Cincy has includes smaller areas like Elizabethtown KY, Bloomington IN, and Columbus IN. The advantage that Cols has is the large populated areas in Northeastern Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Canton. Each of these three metro areas map out as being a slightly shorter drive to Columbus than Pittsburgh, and share the same state.

    So, the total figures I came up with (and anyone is welcome to check/challenge my math) is:

    Columbus can serve 12,170,799 people in metro areas within a 3.5 hour radius

    Cincinnati can serve 8,932,197 people in metro areas within a 3.5 hour radius

    Of course, these figures do not include smaller towns and areas not defined as a metro area (under a population of 50,000 people) so both of those numbers will actually be higher for a total population reach, but I think most small-town residents would probably rather shop at walmart instead of IKEA anyway. :lol:

    So, the next thing to consider is growth. I’m not even going to try to tackle this tonight.

    Anyway… thoughts? Comments? Suggestions? I think I may map something out for visual effect on this. 8)

  33. mellotron
    mellotron June 21, 2006 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm

    Walker wrote

    Columbus can serve 12,170,799 people in metro areas within a 3.5 hour radius

    Cincinnati can serve 8,932,197 people in metro areas within a 3.5 hour radius

    So, the next thing to consider is growth. I’m not even going to try to tackle this tonight.

    Anyway… thoughts? Comments? Suggestions? I think I may map something out for visual effect on this. 8)

    You could use a weighing scale based on actual distance, as one could argue 100k people 20miles away are more valuable to the store than 100k people 100miles away. For example, Indy’s population ought to be a bigger boon to Cincy than C-bus since it’s closer to Cincy. Sure, it’s a doable drive to either place, but that difference in distance will cause some number of people to drop out, deeming C-bus not worth the drive.

    We’re such dorks :lol:

  34. Walker Evans
    Walker June 22, 2006 9:19 am at 9:19 am

    mellotron wrote You could use a weighing scale based on actual distance, as one could argue 100k people 20miles away are more valuable to the store than 100k people 100miles away. For example, Indy’s population ought to be a bigger boon to Cincy than C-bus since it’s closer to Cincy. Sure, it’s a doable drive to either place, but that difference in distance will cause some number of people to drop out, deeming C-bus not worth the drive.

    Ugh. That’s a lot more work! :shock:

    Anyway, I’m not even sure how much those sorts of calculations come into play for a “destination store” like IKEA. Certainly the difference in 20 miles compared to 100 miles matter for Walmart, but for IKEA not-so-much.

    Still… it would be very interesting to see their marketing research at work.

  35. Ndcent
    Ndcent June 22, 2006 9:21 am at 9:21 am

    I’ve gotten to Pittsburgh in 2 hours 45 min, easy.

  36. shroud
    shroud June 22, 2006 9:33 am at 9:33 am

    Walker wrote Anyway, I’m not even sure how much those sorts of calculations come into play for a “destination store” like IKEA. Certainly the difference in 20 miles compared to 100 miles matter for Walmart, but for IKEA not-so-much.

    While I don’t know what the exact “figures” would be (and it’s definitely not worth the added work unless they were PAYING you to figure this kind of stuff out), I think that distance definitely DOES factor in, even for a “destination” like IKEA –maybe not on the 100 mi. vs. 20 mi. level, but DEFINITELY on the 3 hr. drive each way vs. 6 hr. drive each way level.

    There gets to be a point where someone will no longer make the drive specifically for IKEA (or whatever the destination) and will instead need other draws to get them on the road for that long.

  37. Walker Evans
    Walker June 22, 2006 10:09 am at 10:09 am

    shroud wrote While I don’t know what the exact “figures” would be (and it’s definitely not worth the added work unless they were PAYING you to figure this kind of stuff out), I think that distance definitely DOES factor in, even for a “destination” like IKEA –maybe not on the 100 mi. vs. 20 mi. level, but DEFINITELY on the 3 hr. drive each way vs. 6 hr. drive each way level.

    There gets to be a point where someone will no longer make the drive specifically for IKEA (or whatever the destination) and will instead need other draws to get them on the road for that long.

    Right. And this is why I went with the 3.5 hour limit for my little bit of research. It seems like most people I’ve talked to who are interested in going to an IKEA will drive 3 to 4 hours to get to one. So those would be the main metro areas that IKEA would serve inside of that radius. If you want to include a small fraction of people further out in the 5 or 6 hour radius it’s not going to really impact the numbers a whole lot.

    Plus, even though there are bigger metro areas within 6 hours of Cincy (like Nashville or Knoxville) that I didn’t include in my 3.5-hour radius, those cities are actually closer to Atlanta where there’s another IKEA. Same goes for more of Indiana and Illinois… Chicago has two IKEAs.

    So yeah… I still think Columbus is best suited for a store. Again, I haven’t looked into growth much yet, but judging from most news articles Columbus would still be a better choice than Cincy.

  38. gramarye
    gramarye June 22, 2006 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm

    It might well depend on where specifically in Columbus they set up shop. People do make the drive in from Cincinnati to go to Easton (odd as that sounds to me). I think shopping centers make better destinations than single stores (I wouldn’t drive 2 hours to go to a single outlet store, but I *never* had trouble finding a carpool going from OSU to Jeffersonville Outlet Mall).

    Easton still has a fair amount of open land for a nominally developed area, too.

    If they were to locate in a less well-known center, though, to save on the lease, that really would mean that people would have to make the trek just for Ikea. That probably lessens the “gravity” of the store, so to speak … its force of attraction will be stronger or weaker depending on where in Columbus it sets up shop. “Columbus” is a pretty big place, after all, especially if you include the whole metropolitan area. I’m sure the same could be said of Cincinnati, though I admit I’m less familiar with the geography there.

  39. Walker Evans
    Walker June 23, 2006 8:52 am at 8:52 am

    gramarye wrote If they were to locate in a less well-known center, though, to save on the lease, that really would mean that people would have to make the trek just for Ikea.

    Wha??? There are a LOT of people willing to make a trek just to go to IKEA! The two I’ve been to have been specific treks. I don’t know if it’s common, but both of those stores were not part of larger shopping centers. It’s easy to spend 5 hours going through an IKEA, which is about the same amount of time someone would spend hiking around a mall or outlet mall.

    I don’t think they need to worry much about being part of a larger shopping plaza.

  40. Guest June 23, 2006 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm

    Well, I heard today from a “source” (okay, if you must know, someone from Casto) that Cincinnati is where it’s going to be. Don’t shoot me if I’m wrong, but I trust the person and they sounded very confident in saying that. Right now the big decision is where in Cincy it’s going to be.

  41. Columbusite June 24, 2006 11:10 am at 11:10 am

    If true, I think that’s great. Cincy needs it more than us, they did have the highest number of people leaving a city in the country afterall. This will definitely draw people there, hopefully somewhere downtown.

  42. The Hegemo
    The Hegemo June 24, 2006 11:50 am at 11:50 am

    I can’t see it being built in downtown Cincinnati, proper, but within the city limits there is this development in the planning stages. “Millworks Phase II” looks big enough to accommodate an Ikea.

    Did I mention this is all located about two blocks from my parents’ house? :shock: Man, if they get Ikea and Jungle Jims in the old hood, I am going to be jealous!

    (Of course, at the end of the day, they still have to live in Cincinnati :wink: )[/url]

  43. Walker Evans
    Walker June 25, 2006 6:03 pm at 6:03 pm

    Yeah, typically in the US, Ikea stores aren’t built in urban areas… especially the newer ones that are spreading around the country.

  44. Walker Evans
    Walker June 29, 2006 10:23 am at 10:23 am

    Keen on Ikea

    Home-decor retailer’s new store in Michigan has central Ohioans pining for one of their own

    Thursday, June 29, 2006

    Is Ikea coming to Ohio? It’s a simple question with a murky answer.

    Spokesman Joseph Roth simply won’t say, a luxury borne of the fact that consumers, developers and communities clamor for Ikea, which has just 28 stores in the United States.

    Ikea places its stores in population centers and especially on the East and West coasts. The first U.S. store opened in Philadelphia in 1985. Atlanta has the only store in the southeast and Seattle is the sole location in the Pacific Northwest.

    “We recognize the customer base exists for us in Ohio but we have no time frame or location” identified for expansion in the state, he said.

    Stores are huge — many are 350,000 square feet or more on 20 to 25 acres of land — and draw customers from 250 miles away.

    Features including drop-off centers for children and cafeterias serving Swedish meatballs and freshly baked goods make Ikea a destination for young families.

    Steve Morris, a partner with Asset Strategies Group of Westerville, said each major city in Ohio can make a case for Ikea.

    The Cleveland-Akron metro area boasts the largest population; Columbus is the fastest-growing market with the most housing starts and youngest demographics; and Cincinnati could draw from Kentucky and Indiana as well as Ohio.

    “If they came to Columbus it would be a toss-up between Easton and Polaris,” Morris said.

    “There’s no question Ikea would be a hit here,” said Chris Boring, a retailing consultant with Boulevard Strategies of Columbus.

    READ MORE

  45. OHIKEA.com July 7, 2006 8:29 pm at 8:29 pm

    Hey all, Jen from OHIKEA.com, the Ohio IKEA rumor mill site even IKEA reads! no really! Both the North America HQ and the Internationl HQ in sweden… (who called me accurate!)

    I know everyone here is all pro-urban development, but just a few things, IKEA will NOT set up in a urban area. Not enough room for the massive track the need, nor traffic capability or quite frankly not the audience they are looking for. You would not belive the traffic.

    They have a VERY FIRM set of criteria they look for and they are NOT optional.

    20+ acres of interstate frontage (the building MUST be seen from the highway) in an affluent to upper middle class area with a 2+ plus population in a 3 hour radius (what they consider to be thier local area)

    They would NEVER go to Easton, maybe near it, but NOT in. They would NEVER go into a shopping center or take up occupancy in City Center Mall.

    They buy thier land and set up a freestanding huge store with a MUCKING huge parking lot and peopel build around THEM, not the other way.

    They do undertstand we are a car culture, so thus the suburban locations, but honeslty that just where the land is. No, They don’t build alot of stores here, mainly becasue with 10,000 items in stock the costs of supplying, let alone building, are astronomical. You can’t fling a cat in germany without hitting one, but here, they are rare. No small part that old Ingvar the founder dislikes the US, but he’s not in charge anymore.

    Now I have multiple tips saying “soon” on news being released about IKEA picking West Chester one exit north of the 275 exit on 75. A letter today even said July 11 the announcement would go out. we’ll just have to see, all I know is the frequency and precision of the same location being leaked (west chester) makes it really hard to ignore or shove off, some of tis is from within IKEA itself…

    Regardless, I think we’ll know really soon. Really really soon. I’m betting the July 11 date is dead on if not off a day or two.

    I live 3 exits from Union Center, I’m there several times a week for all kinds of things… If it was here I’d die and go to heaven, but being a native Springfielder I have to say it think Columbus is the bomb, and would be a better “match”. I think though in the case of IKEA they are gonna be odd man out at least for the FIRST ohio IKEA. There is always a chance that we coudl get a second one down the road. Maybe 5 years or so after the market is established, it won’t be any sooner than that. Took Chicagoland 10 to get a second store.

    Ps: Screw pittsburgh, it’s the tineist IKEA in the US, go to Detroit. It’s brand new and 3x’s as big. Schaumburg, IL is 4x’s. it’s worth the extra hour or two, by far. This is spoken as one who went to Pitts to buy a ektorp couch (thier longest best selling model) and they weren’t in stock… so we ordered one in chicago and got it there a few weeks later and NEVER went back to pitts. That Schaumburg store is freaking awesome.

  46. OHIKEA.com July 7, 2006 8:33 pm at 8:33 pm

    Right…good knick-knacks and smaller items. I wouldn’t buy a couch-bed-entertainment center there, but I would buy shelfs, lamps, glassware, etc there.

    Oh i’ve bought couch, chairs, tables, entertainment centers, dressers (galore!) from them, all of it is really great. I LOVE my ektorp sofa and chair. Slipcovereds are your friend.

  47. Walker Evans
    Walker July 7, 2006 8:57 pm at 8:57 pm

    OHIKEA.com wrote Hey all, Jen from OHIKEA.com, the Ohio IKEA rumor mill site even IKEA reads! no really! Both the North America HQ and the Internationl HQ in sweden… (who called me accurate!)

    Hey, thanks for taking the time to write up that big post! I’ve been to your site several times… discovered it about a year ago.

    Hrmm… the news about the store potentially going to north Cincy is a bummer for us Columbus-folks, but at the same time it is a hell of a lot closer than Pittsburgh. Let’s hope it’s bigger than that one too!

    8)

  48. honavery July 8, 2006 11:56 am at 11:56 am

    Hmmm. Seems like we could match all the Criteria pretty easily, but West Chester does make sense also. Actually have some friends moving there soon, so I’m sure they’ll be happy about this, if this turns out to be the case.

  49. Walker Evans
    Walker August 15, 2006 11:18 am at 11:18 am

    Report: IKEA picks Cincinnati for its Ohio store

    The Columbus Dispatch

    Monday, August 14, 2006

    Swedish retailer Ikea has chosen suburban Cincinnati for its first, and probably last, Ohio store, according to a newspaper report.

    The Cincinnati Enquirer’s Web site says Ikea, which has just 28 stores in the United States, has selected West Chester township, about 97 miles from Columbus, for a new store.

    Quoting a township trustee, the newspaper says Ikea will build a 300,000 or 350,000 square-foot store on a large vacant parcel adjacent to southbound Interstate 75 off Muhlhauser and Allen roads.

    READ MORE

  50. honavery August 15, 2006 11:26 am at 11:26 am

    Ah well. The dream is over.

  51. mellotron
    mellotron August 15, 2006 11:42 am at 11:42 am

    …has selected West Chester township, about 97 miles from Columbus, for a new store.

    Ha! yet a mere 30 miles from downtown Cincinnati :roll:

    So I guess it’s pretty safe to say they were headed to Polaris had they come here. Think I’m ok with someone else getting another box :wink:

    Plus, it’s an excuse to visit Jungle Jims

  52. Walker Evans
    Walker September 15, 2006 3:32 pm at 3:32 pm

    Interview with Joseph Roth at IKEA

    September 15, 2006 at 01:41 PM

    I know many Columbus and Cleveland area folks are extremely bitter/dejected they didn’t get the store. Is there any words of hope you can give them?

    THIS LOCATION IN WEST CHESTER DOES NOT MEAN ANYTHING WITH REGARD TO ANY OTHER LOCATION IN THE STATE, EXCEPT THAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE COMMITTED ONLY TO THE FUTURE IKEA WEST CHESTER. WE KNOW THERE ARE MANY IKEA CUSTOMERS IN OHIO, BUT CONSIDERING WE ARE OPENING ONLY 3-5 STORES A YEAR THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, I WOULD NOT EXPECT ANOTHER OHIO ANNOUNCEMENT TOO SOON.

    READ MORE

  53. whopper jr
    whopper jr March 20, 2014 5:57 pm at 5:57 pm

    IKEA is building a store in the City of St. Louis on a former industrial site. It is adjacent to St. Louis University approximately 1.5 miles west of downtown.

    It makes me wonder if the Timkin site on E. 5th Avenue, which is similar to the STL site, could possibly attract IKEA rather than Easton or Polaris.

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