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Old 01-09-2013, 12:46 PM
 
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I think metros with a million people and one or two sizable cities are enough. And the cities don't have to be big like Atlanta, Houston, Boston, ect.
You do know those 3 cities are very large and have well over a million per metro, right?

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Boston is the 5th LARGEST CSA in the nation with over 7 million. Houston is 9th with over 6 million. Atlanta is 10th with over 5 million.

Charlotte is 20th with over 2 million. Raleigh is 27th with over a million. WS/GSO is 31st with over a million. HUGE difference between these 3 CSA's and the 3 above you mentioned.
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Old 01-09-2013, 02:17 PM
 
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Its hard to believe that only metros with 2 million or more can support a trendy home decor store with low price products. I guess Swedish companies have a different mindset from American companies. Garden Ridge Home Decor store in Greensboro is bigger than the home decor section of the IKEA store in Charlotte and the prices are about the same.
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Old 01-09-2013, 02:29 PM
 
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I think it's safe to say that IKEA has a pretty solid handle on this. They're a global company with presence in a few dozen countries and tens of billions in revenue, but they have fewer than 300 stores. They identify population hubs, keeping in mind that people will travel for occasional IKEA fixes, and plop down a massive store that they set up as an experience/destination. Ever tried to pop into IKEA to just grab a few things? It's not really conducive to that.
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Old 01-09-2013, 04:53 PM
 
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Its hard to believe that only metros with 2 million or more can support a trendy home decor store with low price products. I guess Swedish companies have a different mindset from American companies. Garden Ridge Home Decor store in Greensboro is bigger than the home decor section of the IKEA store in Charlotte and the prices are about the same.
Garden Ridge is a bloated Big Lots without the variety.
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Old 01-09-2013, 05:04 PM
 
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Its hard to believe that only metros with 2 million or more can support a trendy home decor store with low price products. I guess Swedish companies have a different mindset from American companies. Garden Ridge Home Decor store in Greensboro is bigger than the home decor section of the IKEA store in Charlotte and the prices are about the same.
Well, Ikea is making money around the world and expanding even as the world's economy is in the toilet. So they must have figured out something without your help. If Ikea start's plopping stores everywhere like Walmart then their business model goes in the toilet. What they are doing has worked for them for years. So who are you to question them?

And comparing Garden Ridge to Ikea is like comparing donuts to batteries. They have absolutely nothing in common. Garden Ridge is full of CRAP. Cheap CRAP from China. Ikea's stuff is inexpensive for the most part, but very little is made in China. And I've had way better luck with my Ikea purchases than my Garden Ridge purchases.

In case you hadn't noticed, Ikea doesn't focus on home decor. They focus on furniture and home in general.


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I think it's safe to say that IKEA has a pretty solid handle on this. They're a global company with presence in a few dozen countries and tens of billions in revenue, but they have fewer than 300 stores. They identify population hubs, keeping in mind that people will travel for occasional IKEA fixes, and plop down a massive store that they set up as an experience/destination. Ever tried to pop into IKEA to just grab a few things? It's not really conducive to that.
Exactly. People go once in awhile not every week like Target. If you plan on less than a few hours - even if you know exactly what you're going there for - you'll never do it. You're better off planning making a day out of it and be thrilled if you make it out of there before your hair turns grey. The lines at the register are usually 1/2 a mile long and can take almost as long as the tour you went on to find your items.

And yes I did once pop in for a few items. Knew exactly what I wanted and where it was located. Still took well over an hour. Took me almost half an hour just to check out!


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Garden Ridge is a bloated Big Lots without the variety.
You're being far too kind! Big Lots is better than Garden Ridge. At least, they don't try to pretend they're something better than they are.

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Old 01-09-2013, 05:08 PM
 
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You're being far too kind! Big lots is better than Garden Ridge. At least, they don't try to pretend they're something better than they are.
Good point.
Garden Ridge used to be a nice home decor chain.
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Old 01-09-2013, 05:20 PM
 
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Good point.
Garden Ridge used to be a nice home decor chain.
It wasn't always the dive that it is? That's sad! I've only been to the Concord one and vowed to never set foot in one ever again. The dollar store is right on par with what that store was like. Messy, stinky, and really cheap crap. Lots of broken things all over the store....really inspired me to buy stuff! LOL

I actually thought it was a garden store and was really excited to go to it. Then I went inside.......talk about disappointment!
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Old 01-09-2013, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC USA
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Well, Ikea is making money around the world and expanding even as the world's economy is in the toilet. So they must have figured out something without your help. If Ikea start's plopping stores everywhere like Walmart then their business model goes in the toilet. What they are doing has worked for them for years. So who are you to question them?

And comparing Garden Ridge to Ikea is like comparing donuts to batteries. They have absolutely nothing in common. Garden Ridge is full of CRAP. Cheap CRAP from China. Ikea's stuff is inexpensive for the most part, but very little is made in China. And I've had way better luck with my Ikea purchases than my Garden Ridge purchases.

In case you hadn't noticed, Ikea doesn't focus on home decor. They focus on furniture and home in general.




Exactly. People go once in awhile not every week like Target. If you plan on less than a few hours - even if you know exactly what you're going there for - you'll never do it. You're better off planning making a day out of it and be thrilled if you make it out of there before your hair turns grey. The lines at the register are usually 1/2 a mile long and can take almost as long as the tour you went on to find your items.

And yes I did once pop in for a few items. Knew exactly what I wanted and where it was located. Still took well over an hour. Took me almost half an hour just to check out!




You're being far too kind! Big Lots is better than Garden Ridge. At least, they don't try to pretend they're something better than they are.
When I was comparing IKEA with Garden Ridge, I was talking about prices, not products. Since IKEA has better products for the same prices, IKEA should do quite well in the Triad
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:41 PM
 
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It wasn't always the dive that it is? That's sad! I've only been to the Concord one and vowed to never set foot in one ever again. The dollar store is right on par with what that store was like. Messy, stinky, and really cheap crap. Lots of broken things all over the store....really inspired me to buy stuff! LOL

I actually thought it was a garden store and was really excited to go to it. Then I went inside.......talk about disappointment!
Shockingly it wasn't, when GR opened shop in Gboro it had departments with real people. There was a floral department where arrangements were made or you could have one made. Custom picture framing, a real customer service counter, and even a snack bar.
What happened to the place is beyond me, GR won't even spend the money to maintain outside appearance.
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:15 PM
 
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Shockingly it wasn't, when GR opened shop in Gboro it had departments with real people. There was a floral department where arrangements were made or you could have one made. Custom picture framing, a real customer service counter, and even a snack bar.
What happened to the place is beyond me, GR won't even spend the money to maintain outside appearance.
HOLY COW!!!! That is NOT the same store! Sounds like it used to be something decent at a minimum. Now, calling it a dive is being kind. When Dollar General starts looking like a JCPenney next to your store, that's pathetic! Wonder how long GR will stick around with the way they'vee gone down hill.

I wondered why on earth it was called Garden Ridge since it wasn't gardeny at all. Just crappy. Now this explains it all!
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