Attack of the Swedes!

(via LTR)

IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced that its Atlanta, GA store will open this Summer on Wednesday, June 29, 2005. The store will be the Swedish company’s 23rd in the U.S. and first in the Southeast. Until IKEA Atlanta opens, the closest IKEA stores are in Houston, TX and Woodbridge, VA.

People who live in Home Park or work in west Midtown, be afraid. Your area is about to be overrun with the traffic of people looking to see just how many different pieces of furniture can be made with the use of only one tool (*). I should know. All of my furniture comes from the IKEA from my college days in Chicago.

(*) That tool has a name, by the way, that I was unaware of until I arrived here at GaTech. I kept asking my labmates to pass me the “IKEA Tool Thing.” However, that is not its techinical name. It is more properly known as an Allen Wrench.

7 Comments so far

  1. mingaling (unregistered) on April 20th, 2005 @ 9:26 am

    That thing is so huge, and we just bought a condo within walking distance from it. Going to the gym is going to be very, very hard.

  2. Jessica (unregistered) on April 20th, 2005 @ 10:10 am


  3. fat asian baby (unregistered) on April 20th, 2005 @ 10:18 am

    I never did understand how Atlanta could properly call itself a city without either an Ikea nearby or a functioning Craigslist bulletin board. A year later, now I can finally begin to furnish my sad apartment.

  4. dp (unregistered) on April 20th, 2005 @ 2:44 pm

    I live literally across the street from IKEA. I’m so excited because it’s a great store (and timewaster), but not looking forward to the massive amounts of traffic in Atlantic Station (since most of the stuff is still under construction, we have 5 lanes for like 3 cars – not too shabby). Guess I’ll stay on self imposed house arrest for the months of June and July..

  5. ElBuzzard (unregistered) on April 20th, 2005 @ 3:04 pm

    A favorite of hobby of mine was to go to IKEA, find a bookshelf I liked, and peruse the goods in the marketplace. I would pick out a spatula and a cheese grater and 2 bowls, or something similar (cheap and useless). I would then go to find my bookshelf in the warehouse section. It was never there.

    I then head for the checkout, see that the line is 300-people deep, and come to a startling revelation: “This spatula, cheese grater, and two bowls are not worth the hassle.” So I leave them on one of the impulse buy displays and go home.

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