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Happy birthday: 50 years IKEA stores

 
 
Reply Sat 18 Oct, 2008 06:22 am
Swedish superstore IKEA opened it's doors for the very first time in Älmhult on October 1958.

The founder of IKEA, Ingvar Kamprad, was born in the area of Älmhult and the store there is the first in the world.

http://i36.tinypic.com/2mmryf.jpg




I'll have some organic pasta and cake as birthday meal ...

http://i36.tinypic.com/1sijqh.jpg

... but there's enough of köttbullar left as well

http://i34.tinypic.com/1smyoj.jpg



(Source for images: IKEA Älmhult)
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Thomas
 
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Reply Sat 18 Oct, 2008 06:34 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Ikea must be the only superstore-chain that I really, really like. Happy anniversary, Ingvar Kamprad -- and thanks for Ivar, Billy, and the "as is" department!
eoe
 
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Reply Sat 18 Oct, 2008 10:06 am
@Thomas,
That's cool. I was there just this passed Thursday. I love their paper napkins. Colorful, graphic, perfect for feeding the shopping monster in me for just 1.99.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Sat 18 Oct, 2008 10:14 am
@Walter Hinteler,
I feel like such a kid, I've only been shopping there for 25 years.

Another set of votes for Ivar and the "as is" room. Oh, and the cleanest store bathrooms in the GTA.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sat 18 Oct, 2008 10:24 am
@eoe,
http://i38.tinypic.com/10ngb4z.jpg

That cost in Sweden $2.56, eoe, and in Germany ...

http://i33.tinypic.com/o6wdpl.jpg

... between $1.33 (30 pieces) and $2.68 (50 pieces).


(I noticed that the only difference between various IKEA's is in price .... and some 'cultural' differences in the restaurants - e.g. you can't get hot meals in the afternoon in France.)
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sozobe
 
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Reply Sat 18 Oct, 2008 10:24 am
@eoe,
Lucky eoe!

I'm still lobbying for them to put one closer to Columbus. The Cincinnati one isn't TERRIBLY far but awkwardly far.

Yes, the as-is room is a sure-fire smile-inducer. Most recent find was a red Tullsta chair, perfect condition but out of the box, something like $60 (usually $99, which is still crazy-cheap for a good solid upholstered armchair -- they're always turning up on "Trading Spaces").
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sat 18 Oct, 2008 10:40 am
@sozobe,
sozobe wrote:

I'm still lobbying for them to put one closer to Columbus. The Cincinnati one isn't TERRIBLY far but awkwardly far.


We've six (or maybe seven) shops within a distance of 70 miles - but that's only because we live rather central close to various larger cities/metropolitan areas.
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hawkeye10
 
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Reply Sat 18 Oct, 2008 10:47 am
I discovered IKEA 1989 in Munich, always loved it. It is wonderfull to finally live near a store in America.
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sat 18 Oct, 2008 11:26 am
@hawkeye10,
I know the one in Munich very well, and I am also glad that we have one in
town here in the U.S.

IKEA is great!
jespah
 
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Reply Sat 18 Oct, 2008 11:56 am
Our house is done in Ikea. Not much that we sit on, eat off, etc. isn't from there.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sat 18 Oct, 2008 12:04 pm
@CalamityJane,
(There are -meanwhile- two in Munich: in Eching [from 1974] and Brunnthal [2203], the latter being the greatest in Germany with 37,700 m² (nearly 400,000 square foot). [The one in Cincinatti has 32,000 m²/344,500 sq.f.; and in San Diego, well, better a small one than none Wink ]
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Karlpt
 
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Reply Tue 21 Aug, 2012 10:09 am
@Walter Hinteler,
I have used IKEA products and they are really good. Congratulations on your birthday.
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