Local IKEAphiles in mourning

March 12, 2008
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So much for IKEA dropping one of its stores in the Indianapolis area anytime soon.

A store opening today in a Cincinnati suburb is about as close as Indianapolis is going to see, at least for a while, IBJ Associate Editor Andrea Muirragui Davis wrote in a story today.

An IKEA spokesman said Cincinnati could pull from a larger population base and that Indianapolis wasnâ??t close to one of its warehouses.

Do you think IKEA had other, unspoken reasons for not putting a store here?
  • no........they tend to locate their stores in areas with a much larger metro area than what we have.........most of their stuff is crap anyway.....
  • Indy is just too close to the stores in Illinois. Cincinnati makes much more sense strategically.

    ...And it's just an IKEA.
  • I'd much rather we get a Design Within Reach store.
  • Columbus Ohio has a Design Within Reach......why can't Indianapolis?? That would be great.....along with a Container Store
  • Its halfway between the Pittsburgh and Bollingbrook stores. Pure and simple. They are still on track to open 50 stores in 5 years.
  • 12,000 shoppers entered IKEA by 11:00 AM on its opening day. They must be doing something right!
  • I don't think Cincinnati's metro area is really larger than ours, but they are further from Chicago's stores and can drawn traffic from Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky... people drive a couple hours to visit (I know we make the trip once a year to Chicago) so Cincinnati is more strategically located to get that traffic.

    It's weird that people are surprised when I tell them how big Indianapolis is, though. We really are lower on the country's radar that we should bewhen you consider the size of Indianapolis.
  • Their stuff is not crap! I'm just happy I don't have to drive to Bolinbrook anymore - I think that people not from here seem to feel that we're closer to Chicago than we are. We're passed up alot for touring acts too. Do they think Chicago is an easy distance? 3+ hours and toll roads. I can't wait to check out the IKEA Cinci store in a few weeks!
  • It'd be nice to have one, but it's no big whoop. Had one when I lived in Pittsburgh before IKEA was a gotta' have. I agree, most of their stuff is crap, you assemble, and it falls apart. Their stores ARE huge -- guess it's an okay diversion for a cold, grey midwest Sunday afternoon when there's no football.

    If IKEA'S a retail yardstick by which a metro area is measured -- so be it. There's too much sameness as it is. I say, aim higher.

    As for locale, IKEA likes to draw from a huge geographic area. With two in Chicago, one in Detroit, and one in Cincy, I'd say we're toast for a long while. Looking at their map, St. Louis ought to be next.

    Population? When you count the corridors between Cincy and Lexington, and Cincy and Dayton, yes, Cincinnati does have a larger population base. The new IKEA is on I-75, a 40-minute drive from Dayton. If it's any consolation, Cincinnati still does not have a CnB, but one's on the way.

    Bottom line, look for, patronize, and celebrate what's unique and local, maybe someday that will be the next big thing. Otherwise, you want NY, LA, or London? move there, or visit. They're awesome places, but....
  • IKEA's stuff looks good on TV on all the decorating shows that people like me are addicted to...but I haven't bought anything because it seems like crap to me.
  • I've lived in Chicago for years (before there was one IKEA). I still don't get the hype that some folks have over this store. I know someone from Indy who made a journey to IKEA at least 2x per year. For what? It's a bunch of stuff in a warehouse setting. But, that was his choice. If you only make occasional trips to the store, what's the big deal about it being out of town? I'm sure folks in Chicago take our shopping options for granted. But, I don't think I've ever heard anyone around here craving for a visit to IKEA. Indy is in a fairly tough area, geographically. I know it is a LONG 3 hours between Indy and the southern edge of Chicago. Corporate-types tend to split Indy into other markets... much like what happens to Louisville. You'll notice amusement parks have done that to Indy. Indy has to aggressively pursue retailers, sports franchises, concerts, and other things with limited distribution. I remember when Starbucks didn't have anything in Indy (or Indiana). Well, Starbucks changed it's philosophy to basically blanket EVERYWHERE! In addition to the obvious Chicago advantage, on the other side the Ohio metro areas have population advantages for stores to locate in one of their markets and pull from the others: (Cincy - 1.7mm, Dayton - 1.0mm, Columbus - 1.6mm... Indy - 1.6mm, L-ville - 1.0mm). The population center for this quadrant is somewhere around the state line between Indiana and Ohio. In that case, I'd put a store in the north 'burbs on Cincy.

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