Is IKEA coming to Indy?

May 28, 2010
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IKEAThe rumor popped up again last week as I was preparing to cover the International Council of Shopping Centers annual convention in Las Vegas. Was IKEA looking at Indianapolis? Were they interested in building a store at Anson or in Greenwood? The world's largest furniture retailer, with 300 stores in 35 countries, generates excitement in markets it enters and anticipation over where it may open next. The nearest locations are in suburbs of Cincinnati and Chicago. The stores typically take about 30 acres along major interstates. The attention and excitement is flattering, said IKEA Spokesman Joseph Roth. But IKEA has not visited Indiana to scout sites since before it opened its Cincinnati store a few years ago. The Swedish company also has no immediate plans to look at potential store sites in central Indiana, Roth said. While there are no plans for an IKEA, two other high-profile retail concepts are poised to open their first Indiana stores soon. Find out which ones in this weekend's print IBJ, on newsstands Saturday.

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  • NBD
    Having been to the IKEA in Schaumburg, I don't see what the big deal is.
  • IKEA
    Don't tease us with this Cory, do you know how excited I got when I saw this headline?! Seems IKEA would do well with a Central Indiana location, but what do I know about retail development.
  • Ikea? TJ's would make my day!
    Having an Ikea in Indy would be great, but I'd much prefer a store that I love in a closer location. TRADER JOE'S - The Center Grove area would LOVE to have you!!!
  • Cincinnati
    isn't that far - the store is actually between Cincy and Dayton; about 2 hours' drive if you don't push it (and the Indiana State Police and Sharonville police co-operate, it can be done in much less ; But then again, I'm a guy, so "shopping" is anathema to me. Basically, it's the old Department Store concept - much like WalMart, K-Mart, etc. without the discount store pricing. For those old enough, it's like Ayr-Way's commercial backwards - Discount Store quality at department store pricing. I go to the store knowing what I want; I get it and go home. What's so hard about that?
    • Trader Joe's YES
      Having two stores on the north side and a rumor of one on North Meridian in Carmel is awful. Don't they think the south side deserves Trader Joe's quality and prices? I'm still driving up to the west side store twice a month. Just think how much more we who do this would purchase.
    • Hope one of them is The Container Store
      We REALLY could use The Container Store - please, please, please!!!!!!!
      • Bring our favorite stores to Greenwood
        I live in the Greenwood area and would also love to see both stores here. When I asked someone at the Trader Joe's store if they planned to build in Greenwood, the response a couple of years ago was something like, "No, we're not too busy during the week and everyone drives up here on the weekends." He also mentioned that, the people in Greenwood are a very vocal group!
      • Trader Joe's should be downtown
        How about Trader Joe's downtown?
        Would cater to the new downtown residents and wouldn't be as far to drive from Greenwood!

        Also, agree on the need for The Container Store!
      • IDK about IKEA
        No IKEA? No big loss if you ask me. I used to be a fan of IKEA, but then again IKEA used to actually offer value. Now all they offer is a bunch of mediocre particle board and/or pine furniture that is considerably overpriced. Have you been into one lately? The original draw of IKEA was cool, modern furniture at "WOW!" prices, but that is no longer the case. Besides, when you walk into the house of someone who bought their furniture at IKEA, that's usually the first thing that pops to mind - the "look" is very identifiable, and I don't know that that's a good thing. Give me a Crate and Barrel or Design Within Reach any day.
        • Had one
          We had one. . . .in the Fashion Mall. It closed a year or so ago. Not enough business.
        • About the Container Store
          Sorry, my comment about the Container Store is an associated thread to Jay's comment. Wish connected threads would actually stay connected on here. Can you fix that, please.
        • Container Store
          Matthew, there may be a Container store at 82nd and Dean road according to Cory's article in this weeks IBJ.
        • It was "Hold Everything"
          Hey Matthew - The store at Keystone at the Crossing was "Hold Everything" and was owned by Williams Sonoma/Pottery Barn. They closed the entire line... "The Container Store" is much bigger, much better selection, etc.... Also one of the best places in America to work.
        • DWR?
          There's a reason they're jokingly called "Design Out Of Reach." Though certainly fabulous, most people aren't in a position to pay $6,000 for an Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair, and will instead choose the IKEA Karlstad swivel chair for $399.

          IKEA exists for those of us who live on a tighter budget, but still want modestly-priced furnishings of reasonable quality.
        • Off Topic . . .FBI
          Totally off topic, but does anyone have any info on what's going on with the FBI building in Castleton? The steel is up and has been for a couple of months with no new progress.
        • Containier Store
          I may be crazy, but I remember a Container Store at Keystone at the Crossing. It was near a department store called Gidding Jenny (or something like that). That had to be back in the 80's, though. Does anyone else have that recollection?
        • Correct
          MB, you are correct.....the original Container Store in Indianapolis was at Keystone in the late 80's early 90's. They closed because they couldn't find a large enough location for their planned expansion.
        • Container Store
          Container Store is coming to Indy at 86th in the area where the movie complex used to be! Also a Nordstrom's Rack!
        • IKEA
          Ikea, would be great in Greenwood area NOT Center Grove (GC IS NOT A CITY ONLY GREENWOOD) great location off of exit 101. I do drive to Chicago to shop but it would be nice to have one close to home. On the other subject of a Trader Joe's. I to, have ask to about a location in Greenwood. They to have told me NO!! So I have stop shopping at the one on 86th street. Ikea, hope to hear from you soon.
        • Ikea in Indy
          Having traveled to both Chicago stores and the Ohio store I would love an Ikea in Indy. I think they would do well as long as they don't downgrade their line of products.
          • IKEA
            How could they downgrade their products?
          • east side?
            no one thinks to come to the east side. we don't even have a bookstore for crying out loud. if ikea were to come to indy they should look more over here or at least near castleton.
          • IKEA in Indiana
            I think it should be in the Zionsville/Whitestown area. We've got nice space next to the highway. it would be great just to have in indiana. heak i would work there. im not much for furniture stores but IKEA is EPIC!!
          • Sarah
            I live in central indiana, and would DIE for an ikea!!!! The one in chicago is too far and ohio is even further!!! That would be amazing!
          • installing ikea furniture
            Does anyone know of a company that will come to your home and install Ikea furniture or disassembled furniture?
          • Washington Square
            An IKEA at Washington Square would be an awesome interstate location, support the emergence of the international market in that area and revitalize a struggling area with needed jobs!!! How do we lobby IKEA and the city?
          • to far
            Ohio is way to far for me to make a trip from Carmel IN. Not worth the gas money unless you want to spend big bucks and haul it all back. We need one in central IN

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