Will Indy get an IKEA?

August 17, 2007
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IKEAThat's a popular question around here. Has been for years. The city is not currently in discussions with the Swedish home furnishings giant, said Jim Garrard, Indy's economic development director. But it was a different story a few years ago. The retailer considered both Lafayette Square and Eastgate in its search for a new Midwest store location, Garrard said. The city even set up a special Web site as part of its bid to lure IKEA. Instead of choosing Indianapolis, IKEA headed to Ohio, where it broke ground a few months ago in a suburb north of Cincinnati. The chain also has a store in Michigan and two in the Chicago area. "It's one of those entities that's a feather in the cap if you have one," Garrard said. One of these days.
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  • Please please please! I'm just glad there are several within a short driving distance.. Their shipping charges are horrendous!
  • They need one bad, we have so many furniture stores that IKEA would just knock out of the water as far as prices and quality. My family is sick of bringing all of my items I order from the Michigan store to me. But the shipping is outrageous.
  • This is a little perverse of me, but I hope ikea does NOT come to Indy. Why? Because if they do, I know my house will end up full of Ikea!! When I lived in Philly for ten years we found Ikea impossible to resist, and ended up with tons of little shelves, storage bins, kitchen items, linens, and houseplants... virtually none of which made the move to indy with us, because the quality is , umm, mostly crap, and thus not worth moving. I'm much happier getting stuff from Midland or ordering it online, instead.

    It's silly, but I think of ikea being like a fully stocked candy store to someone on a diet...I know it's not good for me, but I just...can't......resist.........!
  • :overrated:
  • Do not count on IKEA to ever go to Lafafayette or Eastgate Mall areas. Their strategy is simple - go to area with easy interstate access in upper middle class areas. That is why it went to the Union Center area of West Chester in Cincinnati right on I-75. Also IKEA is debt free. They do not build unless they can pay cash. I would look for a Hamilton County address when and if they build in Indianapolis.
  • I could care less if we got one or not. Honestly, the only reason I would want one is to just say, yes we have an IKEA. lol The acual quality sucks and people could just by real quality items instead of fake items.
  • I would like an IKEA near by. I renovate properties and their stuff is inexpensive and looks good. I agree the quality isn't all that great, but their kitchen cabinets are a good buy. I've paid the shipping on many of their cabinets and even though I have to put everything together, they come out pretty good.

    I'd love to see one in the old eastgate mall, but I agree, I think that area may be too low-brow for IKEA...unless we see much more money moving into Irvington.
  • According to Ikea's website, they are planning 5 stores per year in the U.S.
    for the next 10 years. Indy will have one sooner or later. The rumor I heard
    was for the I70 Plainfield/Airport area.
  • the airport makes sense because of that lauth developement i think its called 70 west
  • Why do you some of you believe that IKEA would shun the East or West sides in favor of more upper class (subjectively speaking) areas like Hamilton County? As much as I like IKEA product, lets be honest, IKEA does not equate to high quality. Quite frankly, it is crap.. cheap crap. People with lots of disposable income for furniture would not be buying it at IKEA. And a lot of the IKEA stores I have visited aren't necessarily in the most bourgeios parts of town.
  • I don't remember IKEA products being high end . . . to me it's seems like a bunch of cheap junk. If they don't come here I won't be disappointed.
  • overrated and trendy.
  • junk
  • Ikea is overrated..I have friends that are totally over the top about it...so I go to one and I am what is the big deal this is all crap..granted there is a lot of it and it is cheap but it is still crap!!!
  • If IKEA would ever come to Indy, it will more than likely be along I69 on the northside. Lesser possibilities would be along I70 on the westside and I65 on the southside. Never in a million years would they even contemplate anyplace on the eastside.
  • I just love how most of you think you know it all about some store that most of you probably haven't even been to and that it could never come to the eastside. I have to agree with Marshall their stores aren't in high-brow areas. They are no doubt in easy to access areas from an interstate. I myself have never been to one of these stores and could really care less. What most of you forget to understand is that the Eastgate area is quite convenient from DT, Shadeland, I70, and 465. If IKEA were in talks before with the city and interested in the eastside (Eastgate) or westside (Layfayette Square) then who's to say they wouldn't be interested again. Obviously they thought there was something with either area to have even been in talks with the city in the first place. Get over yourselves and get over the stigma with the eastside and westside of Indianapolis.
  • Hey Fed-up, I owned a business on the Eastside and live there currently, and the stigma is deserved.

    When all the factories started closing (Western, Jenn-Air, Chrysler, RCA, and next up, Ford) a downward spiral started. Eastgate went consumer mall (read: discount/seconds/overstocks). Allstate moved out. The Lincoln and Olds dealers were replaced by Kia and Hyundai and buy-here/pay-here. Restaurants along Shadeland were replaced by fast-food drive-thru. Even Tobacco Road failed. A succession of big-box retailers (Highland, Venture, Cub) failed and left big empty shells. Further out, Kohls was replaced at Washington Square by Burlington...which led to the closing of Eastgate. Neighbors of Eastgate include a laundry/tan place, a bowling alley, a coin-op car wash, a Dollar General, a scuzzy bar (Rockets), and a number of vacant buildings (theater, drycleaner, bank, hot-dog stand, etc.).

    The issue isn't other people's attitudes. It's denial. Retail won't solve problems on the Eastside, only jobs will.
  • This has nothing to do with the thread -- and I hate to be a word nazi -- but since this has already appeared twice in this thread: why do people say/write I could care less? This implies that you DO care and it's possible that you COULD care less.

    People, the phrase is I could NOT care less.
  • I COULD care less about the Eastside, if I didn't live there.

    :-)
  • Along the 69 North Corridor would be ideal or along 465 on the Northwestside. This is long overdue and a mystery why there isn't one already here. If you look at the list of cities that have them and the cities slated to get one, there is no reason Indy shouldn't. I also have wondered about putting an IKEA where the Metro Airport is along 96th, but traffic concerns might nix that idea. The sooner the better.
  • The deal with Ikea being crap is kind of true, but also not. It depends on what you are buying..

    It's one of those you get what you pay for stores. The higher the price, the better the quality. Hell if I would outfit my ENTIRE house from Ikea, but they have some great design
    ideas and are so affordable. You can definitely find quality pieces from there.
  • Fed-up, where are you getting your information? I highly doubt IKEA would ever be in talks to locate on the eastside. The guy who founded IKEA didnt become a billionaire by being dumb.
  • What we need is a Container Store, not IKEA. That's a retailer Simon hasn't been able to score yet...
  • If it does happen it will probably be near the SAXONY Development at I-69 and Exit 10 There is sooooo much land available and they need 30+ acres. IKEA will NEVER go to Lafayette Square, Eastgate, Washington Square. Possibly Greenwood right off of I-65 around where Cabela's will be headed soon.
  • I don't know much about where IKEA is locating in the Cincinnati area, but I just can't imagine choosing to locate there over Indy. It seems to me Indy has it all over Cincy. The area of I-70W, I-65S or I-69 all seem like good fits for IKEA. I was just in Seattle and Portland and both have recently opened stores there and people are flocking. Let's hope we get one.
  • Tisha if you had read the article from Cory at the beginning of this blog you will see that IKEA had been in talks with the city for either the eastside or westside. As for thundermutt, regardless of the closings on the eastside, there are more and more businesses moving in on the eastside that are creating jobs and tax revenues. A few of the big box stores that have closed up are being picked up by other businesses like Gold's Gym, contractor supply company, and such. I too live on the eastside and love the charm of the neighborhoods as well as the history that comes with it. It take a village to make change in the whole village not just certain parts and ignore the others.
  • Let me make it simple for you folks. IKEA goes where the money comes from. IKEA in Schaumburg/Chicago - read upper class. IKEA building in Cincinnati/West Chester - read upper class, the fastest growing suburb in Ohio and it it adjacent to I-75. Face it folks - IKEA is going to be near an expressway for access and visibility, it will go north - I-465 or I-69 areas, and it will go where the money is at. I-70 West - Plainfield is a close 2nd with it's growth and the land would be cheaper. I see no way for it to for it to go the eastside. This company has money to burn - and they spend it wisely. They are DEBT-FREE. As far as the merchandise is concerned - and I have several pieces in my home - it is trendy, European design, affordable, and all over the board on quality - just like Wal-Mart, K-mart, Target, etc.
  • I lived in Woodbridge, VA where the very first U.S. IKEA was ever opened at Potomac Mills mall. I worked in another store in that mall as a teenager and shopped at IKEA in its early days. I can say with credibility that I have watched IKEA grow and adapt in this country from their beginnings here. The constants when it comes to IKEA are that people flock to their stores from far away, and that they grow at their own, deliberate pace, choosing their locations very carefully. And the one comment I can make about IKEA is that they are a very very savvy retailer.

    You may find it interesting that when they first opened at Potomac Mills (and then I believe their second store was at White Marsh Mall between DC and Baltimore), their merchandise was basically identical to that of their European stores. It was all very modern, Scandinavian in style, and their measurements and dimensions were all metric, etc. For example, the beds they sold were all European sizes, different from our Twin, Double, Queen, King, etc. So you also had to buy the bed linens from IKEA. This wasn't a calculated give away the razor and sell the blades move, they just didn't think to sell furniture in the dimensions we use in the U.S. That's one thing that has changed as they've learned and adapted to our market. Today's IKEA in the U.S. still has a lot of modern, Scandinavian design, but also a lot of pieces that are more traditional American in look and style. A lot of their designs are now similar to what you might find in Pottery Barn or similar stores (although much different in price).

    As for quality, IKEA's founder, Ingvar Kamprad (whose name gives the store the I and K), started his home furnishings empire with the goal of selling affordable furnishings with smart design to people of modest means. The signature part of their strategy is interchangeable components (mix-and-match, like the old Garanimals clothes for kids - for those of you as old as I am) sold in knock-down kits that can be put together at home with simple, included tools. They have come a long way over the years at improving the quality of their furniture. My wife and I have bought a few pieces here and there and very much like the value we got for the money. None of IKEA's pieces are going to end up in antique shops years from now, nor shown in a museum. But by and large, it is attractive furniture for a very good price.

    IKEA is also a destination retailer. Much like Cabela's, certain outlet malls, maybe REI and others, these stores draw shoppers from hundreds of miles away, often in organized bus trips, and they spend an entire day there shopping as a form of recreation. IKEA is perhaps the #1 destination retailer in the U.S. They definitely choose their locations with this in mind. I would disagree, however, that they only locate in high-income, upscale areas. There are certainly more upscale suburbs near interstates in Chicago than Bollingbrook and Schaumburg. Ditto many of their other U.S. locations - like next to the NJ turnpike in Elizabeth, NJ.

    So if they ever come to Indy, you can rest assured that they'll be very successful, and that it will be directly off an interstate. Probably on the fringes of the Indy suburbs. So yes, Exit 10 would make sense, so would up in the Anson development off I-65 in Boone County, Plainfield off I-70, and south in the Greenwood area off I-65. Even I-70 and Post Road would be a possibility, of down near where I-74 and 465 connect. But it would be good for Indy if IKEA chose to locate here, no matter what part of town they choose.
  • that's alot of wasted pixels.
  • I have to agree with ArchiTrashSure statement. I shop at Ikea and I have brought items that have lasted for years in perfect shape.
  • Please
    We want an Ikea so bad here in Indy what can we do to make this happen???? We are always having to go to OH. there are so many of us out here. that go only four times a year because it's not easy to just get in the car and go...Please we are begging
  • Ikea
    I recently came across a local Indy company that makes shopping trips to West Chester, Ohio and deliveries to your home. Contemporary Indy makes your purchase and then deliveries all items available, not just the online items at a delivery rate much lower than Ikea charges.
  • Local Ikea Home Delivery
    IKEA is the world's largest seller of home furnishings. Currently there are no plans to build an IKEA in Indianapolis in the near future. Contemporary Indy shops and delivers IKEA products to your door. Contemporary Indy provides IKEA fans a low cost alternative to driving to IKEA, as well as the opportunity to purchase items not offered on line. Contemporary Indy will enable you to shop IKEA from your home and have your great IKEA items delivered to your home.

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