How’s IKEA?

I was out of town when the Canton Ikea opened last month and have been dying to get over there since it opened its doors.

Before I make the long trek, though, I thought it would be smart to ask anyone that’s been there if it’s still unbelievably busy.

On that note, I imagine it’s clogged up the already-congested traffic on Ford Road even more…

If you’ve visited the Swedish retailer’s new Canton store, I’d love to hear your thoughts. How long did you wait in line? What day of the week did you go? Was it worth it?

14 Comments so far

  1. Oday (unregistered) on July 7th, 2006 @ 3:58 pm

    I was there on a Monday afternoon and it was PACKED!! I could hardly believe my eyes. I lasted ten minutes, and then had to find my way through the maze to the exit because I became claustrophobic.

    It’s worth going if only because it’s an amazing business idea and the books on the shelves are all in Swedish. But if you’re uncomfortable in a tight crowd, you may want to give it a couple weeks.

    Love the blog, by the way…

  2. Girl in the D (unregistered) on July 7th, 2006 @ 5:46 pm

    Thanks for the information, ODAY! If it was packed on a Monday afternoon, I think I will wait a little bit longer. Perhaps it was busy on Monday, though, because many people had the day off for Independence Day. Better not chance it, though; I don’t like crowded places, either. I’ll wait a month or two and then go over; I would like to see the “business at work” as you point out.

  3. observer_mike (unregistered) on July 8th, 2006 @ 12:36 pm

    Oh No!
    If it was packed Monday i am in trouble today!
    My wife, daughter and i are making the trek in about 20 minutes to go check it out!
    Its to late to change our minds now.
    I will let you know how it was!

  4. Jonathan (unregistered) on July 8th, 2006 @ 6:16 pm

    I wrote about our experiences at the new IKEA here:

  5. Girl in the D (unregistered) on July 8th, 2006 @ 10:25 pm

    Thanks, Jonathan. I enjoyed reading your post about it.

  6. pinkie (unregistered) on July 9th, 2006 @ 8:00 am

    Hey Guys! Greetings from London…

    Its really interesting to see how the other side of the Pond is taking the Ikea Concept. over here its one of those things we LOVE to hate…

    they are always always packed to the girders and there has even been cases of riots at a new store opening….

    yet we always go back…..

  7. Girl in the D (unregistered) on July 9th, 2006 @ 12:05 pm

    Thanks for the information, Pinkie. That is nuts that there was a riot at the new store. We didn’t have anything like that here, thankfully, but it has definitely been crowded…

  8. jeff (unregistered) on July 9th, 2006 @ 12:28 pm

    Was there on the Fourth of July. While crowded, it was not any more crowded than the other Ikea I’ve been to. Parking was no problem either.

  9. observer_mike (unregistered) on July 9th, 2006 @ 4:17 pm

    So we went Saturday. It was busy, but not nut house. I think at this point you can go anytime and not run into an insane crowd.

  10. Girl in the D (unregistered) on July 9th, 2006 @ 7:20 pm

    Thanks for letting me know about your IKEA-experiences and the crowd-factor, Jeff and Mike. I’ll make it there soon enough :)

  11. Vegan Diva (unregistered) on July 11th, 2006 @ 6:44 pm

    I was at Ikea yesterday and it was still crowded but not as bad as last month. The wait at the checkout lines was about five minutes. I was there in the early afternoon. It’s trying to get through the store that is the hardest part. It is as if people have never seen furniture before in their lives. They literally walk around in a daze and come to abrupt stops to stare down random aisles. They forget there is an entire crowd of people walking behind them. I also couldn’t believe the amount of people there with baby strollers.

  12. gencinjay (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 9:15 am

    I used to shop at Ikea in Chicago so I was thrilled to see they finally came to metro Detroit. Last week I took my wife and daughter on a Tuesday. While it was definitely busy, it wasn’t as bad as has been written about during the first couple of weeks.

    Unfortunately, my 2 year old daughter was not cooperating so we had to leave before really getting to check the place out. We did however find a few really good deals.

    On the bad side, it took my wife 20 minutes to go through the checkout line while I was outside with my daughter. However, they do have self checkout lines which would have helped tremendously if she had only seen them first.

  13. trishlet (unregistered) on July 20th, 2006 @ 9:57 am

    i have visited the store twice — both times pretty dang crowded. but the checkout lines are efficient enough, and when i got something big they delivered next day (on a sunday!!).

    but you know i have enough stuff. sigh. so probably won’t be back for quite a while.

  14. Marcia (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 2:09 pm

    I visited the IKEA Canton on Sunday (7/23/06), almost 2 months after the grand opening. I got there around 11:30 AM, not even two hours after the doors opened. The placed was packed! I couldn’t even find a parking space in the IKEA lot so I opted to park in the Bank’s lot since they were closed. By the time I left the store the Bank’s parking lot wsa filled beyond capacity as well.

    I can’t say this was a great shopping experience for me. I did like the products and the deals, but the crowd drove me crazy. There was no way to truly get a feel for the items because everyone else was feeling on them at the same time.

    I think I’ll wait until September or so before I return for my $39.99 dining table.

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