Well, it looks like many people’s wishes are being granted. IKEA, the international retail store, is opening a store in Las Vegas. No longer do you have to drive to Covina, CA, Tempe, AZ, or Draper, UT to get your IKEA fix.
IKEA is a Swedish company that is know for it’s cheap and chic furniture and home accessories. You’ll find that several of their items require the customer to assemble them.
The location of the store and it’s opening date are not known at this time, but IKEA representatives will be making and announcement today during a news conference.
As of now, there are only 38 IKEA stores in the United States.
**UPDATE** – IKEA announced that their new Las Vegas store will be near Durango Drive and Sunset Road and will open in the summer of 2016. The new store will create 1,000 construction jobs. Once the store is completed, it will employ 300 workers.
10 Fun Facts About IKEA
- Why it’s called IKEA. – IKEA is actually an acronym for Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd. The acronym is comprised of the founder’s initials (I. K., for Ingvar Kamprad), the name of the farm where he grew up (Elmtaryd), and the location of the farm in Smaland, South Sweden (in the parish of Agunnaryd).
- IKEA has been around a while. – Most people consider the company a bit of a hipster upstart. But no; the company was founded in 1943 and the first retail store opened in 1958.
- What’s with the strange color scheme? – Yellow and Blue? The colors not only combine to make green, they are also the national colors of Sweden.
- Why YOU have to put the furniture together. – The first reason is that the practice is designed to help keep their prices low. The second reason is really to make things easier for their European customers, as they take trains and other forms of public transportation, so a flat-pack system is really the only way they’d be able to get IKEAs products home.
- Not everything is designed and built in Sweden. – All products are designed in Sweden, but they are mostly manufactured in developing countries – yet another cost-cutting measure. That 99 cent frozen yogurt cone? El Salvador.
- They got a lot of stuff and it’s all theirs. – IKEA may not meet all your shopping needs, but if you’re looking for house wares, it might just be worth a visit. Online you can check out over 14,000 products, which are all exclusive to IKEA.
- IKEA is environmentally conscious. – As early as 1990, they adopted more environmentally-friendly manufacturing practices, a few years before it became fashionable to do so. More recently they did away with all plastic bags for customers, opting for reusable bags – which customers have to buy, of course.
- IKEA is a progressive company. – Though it aired only once in 1994, IKEA ran what is widely considered to be the first commercial featuring a homosexual couple.
- IKEA means big. – IKEA is officially the world’s largest furniture retailer. The chain has opened 313 stores in 37 countries, with another 15 that opened by the end of that year. With more on the way.
- Not every town WAS crazy about IKEA. – Not Las Vegas, anyway. The local government had refused to allow the super-store to build within the city limits because they felt that the giant corporation would push out the smaller, mom-and pop type stores struggling in the area. This is obviously changing with IKEA announcing it’s finally opening a store in Las Vegas.
For more information, visit IKEA’s website.