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Old 01-30-2013, 07:25 AM
 
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but CAROLINABREDCHICAGOAN
i meant that a store in the triangle would be closer to people living way on the east coast...
and although it is classic apartment furniture, i bet people with rental homes near the beach would love to use exactly that kind of thing--inexpensive and hardwearing and modern
And those people can load their SUVs full of flatpacks and drive them down there from Charlotte or some other location up the east coast. I only related it back to the Triad because that's the subject of this thread.

Of course there's a market for cheap, trendy furniture, but if that were the sole criterion for the placement of an IKEA store, there'd be thousands of them. That's not their business model. In most markets they seem to place a store in a central location designed to be a destination and rake in the dough because people are willing to make a little trip to buy the sorts of products IKEA offers because they don't buy that stuff that frequently.
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:57 PM
 
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but CAROLINABREDCHICAGOAN
i meant that a store in the triangle would be closer to people living way on the east coast...
and although it is classic apartment furniture, i bet people with rental homes near the beach would love to use exactly that kind of thing--inexpensive and hardwearing and modern
NC's coastal population is rather small, and people who live in Northeastern NC are likely to go to DC area Ikeas if they must go to one.
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:30 AM
 
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NC's coastal population is rather small, and people who live in Northeastern NC are likely to go to DC area Ikeas if they must go to one.
are you joking? if they put an Ikea in Durham or Raleigh or within an hour of Raliegh, it would still be central for half the state! righ now the one in Charlotte is central for the western part of the state.

i think they should get a map of NC, cut it in half and place an Ikea in the middle of each half!
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:44 AM
 
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i think they should get a map of NC, cut it in half and place an Ikea in the middle of each half!
They think they should get a map of NC, SC, and southern Virginia...
then place an Ikea in the middle somewhere...
and probably as close to the largest city in that and near some interstate's.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC USA
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If they had put IKEA in Greensboro to begin with, they would just need one store to serve Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Charlotte, Durham, Raleigh, Fayetteville and southern Virginia. It would have saved in operational costs. There would be no need to have one in Charlotte and then a second one in Raleigh. Charlotte and Raleigh are within 100 miles of Greensboro. It would have been smart to put it in the center of half the state's population where the state's most important Interstates, I-85, I-40 and I-73/74, all converge. IKEA lovers from Charlotte and Raleigh would commute to Guilford County which just happens to be the center of the home furnishings industry in this state as well as the "home furnishings capital of the world" (High Point). Charlotte and Raleigh don't have to get everything first just because they are bigger. I realize IKEA has a checklist in regards to expansion but they should make some exceptions. The Triad is a unique case. A good argument could have been made for IKEA being built in Greensboro instead of Charlotte.

Greensboro/High Point/Triad area

1) close to 2 million
2) location (center of the three big metros in NC....roughly 6 million people within a 100 mile radius)
3) major interstate highways

4) furniture/home furnishings heritage and a tested market for attracting thousands of people from all over the world for it's international home furnishings market. Each market held twice a year attracts over 100,000 people.

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Old 02-12-2013, 09:21 AM
 
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If they had put IKEA in Greensboro to begin with, they would just need one store to serve Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Charlotte, Durham, Raleigh, Fayetteville and southern Virginia. It would have saved in operational costs. There would be no need to have one in Charlotte and then a second one in Raleigh. Charlotte and Raleigh are within 100 miles of Greensboro. It would have been smart to put it in the center of half the state's population where the state's most important Interstates, I-85, I-40 and I-73/74, all converge. IKEA lovers from Charlotte and Raleigh would commute to Guilford County which just happens to be the center of the home furnishings industry in this state as well as the "home furnishings capital of the world" (High Point). Charlotte and Raleigh don't have to get everything first just because they are bigger. I realize IKEA has a checklist in regards to expansion but they should make some exceptions. The Triad is a unique case. A good argument could have been made for IKEA being built in Greensboro instead of Charlotte.

Greensboro/High Point/Triad area

1) close to 2 million
2) location (center of the three big metros in NC....roughly 6 million people within a 100 mile radius)
3) major interstate highways

4) furniture/home furnishings heritage and a tested market for attracting thousands of people from all over the world for it's international home furnishings market. Each market held twice a year attracts over 100,000 people.
They have a centralized location to serve everywhere you mentioned, plus South Carolina, now. It's in Charlotte.

Plus, why would they want to antagonize the High Point furniture crowd? There's no margin in it.
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:22 AM
 
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If they had put IKEA in Greensboro to begin with, they would just need one store to serve Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Charlotte, Durham, Raleigh, Fayetteville and southern Virginia. It would have saved in operational costs. There would be no need to have one in Charlotte and then a second one in Raleigh. Charlotte and Raleigh are within 100 miles of Greensboro. It would have been smart to put it in the center of half the state's population where the state's most important Interstates, I-85, I-40 and I-73/74, all converge. IKEA lovers from Charlotte and Raleigh would commute to Guilford County which just happens to be the center of the home furnishings industry in this state as well as the "home furnishings capital of the world" (High Point). Charlotte and Raleigh don't have to get everything first just because they are bigger. I realize IKEA has a checklist in regards to expansion but they should make some exceptions. The Triad is a unique case. A good argument could have been made for IKEA being built in Greensboro instead of Charlotte.

Greensboro/High Point/Triad area

1) close to 2 million
2) location (center of the three big metros in NC....roughly 6 million people within a 100 mile radius)
3) major interstate highways
4) furniture/home furnishings heritage and a tested market for attracting thousands of people from all over the world for it's international home furnishings market. Each market held twice a year attracts over 100,000 people.

Geez, you're pretty worked up over this Ikea thing, aren't you? I think the Triad is just fine with or without it.
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Old 02-12-2013, 04:11 PM
 
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They have a centralized location to serve everywhere you mentioned, plus South Carolina, now. It's in Charlotte.

Plus, why would they want to antagonize the High Point furniture crowd? There's no margin in it.
Antagonize the HP furniture crowd? Do tell.
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Old 02-13-2013, 03:33 AM
 
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Antagonize the HP furniture crowd? Do tell.
High Point's a center of the old guard furniture industry. IKEA is everything that those guys aren't, in both good and bad ways. Seems like plopping an IKEA down in HP's back yard would be like putting a flagship Toyota dealership in Dearborn, MI.

Not that I'd expect that to influence any company's placement decisions, but it does seem like a little salt in the wound.
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:14 PM
 
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High Point's a center of the old guard furniture industry. IKEA is everything that those guys aren't, in both good and bad ways. Seems like plopping an IKEA down in HP's back yard would be like putting a flagship Toyota dealership in Dearborn, MI.

Not that I'd expect that to influence any company's placement decisions, but it does seem like a little salt in the wound.
Good response.
It wouldn't be as bad as you might think; the HPFM caters to a specific group: furniture buyers. The average salary in High Point is around 40k/yr which means there are a bunch of people who can't afford the type of furniture on display at the HPFM. Additionally, not much furniture is produced there anymore and hasn't been for many years. An IKEA in High Point would fit the demographic in the area better than Furnitureland South would.
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