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Old 02-12-2014, 04:15 PM
 
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So, I'm sure most of you are aware that there's a new IKEA coming to St. Louis. So what are your thoughts on that? Are you in favor or opposed? Do you plan to shop there? What kind of effects will it bring to the local economy, if any?
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Old 02-12-2014, 07:04 PM
 
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I'm always happy to see new businesses, and new jobs coming to St. Louis, but other than that I'm not particularly excited about it being ikea. Not really a big deal to me personally, but people in St. Louis have wanted this for like a decade now so I am sure it will do well.
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Old 02-12-2014, 07:36 PM
 
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I'm super excited about it. Ikea is pretty much the holy grail of retail and for the City to land it in Midtown is quite a coup. I think it'll really help Midtown get off the ground, since national retailers won't be able to resist the draw of a super-regional anchor like that.
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Old 03-17-2014, 12:37 PM
 
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I realize this thread is a month old...

And I also admit to NOT being the biggest Ikea fan (I've owned some of their stuff in the past) but I was perusing their website today and have to say, they've got some really neat kids' stuff at good prices.

By the time they open here in St. Louis in Fall, 2015, Johnny will be two and ready to transition (hopefully) to a big kid's bed, and I'll be ready to make the 2nd guest room into the 'boys room' (for Thomas, due in May also, when he's old enough). If Ikea still has such neat things for kids by then, I probably will be buying at Ikea afterall.

So they'd better hurry up and get building
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Old 03-17-2014, 06:13 PM
 
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I've never shopped at an Ikea, but I know plenty of friends who LOVE their merchandise. We have two stools here at our house that came from Ikea, but we ordered both of those items online, and they were shipped in from Switzerland I think...quick shipping though, I believe they made the journey in a tad over a week.
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Old 03-17-2014, 08:29 PM
 
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Growing up in Australia they were super, super popular. I had one of their (actually a combination of 6) closets along the wall in my room (I lived in a 1960s house and for whatever reason it didn't have built ins) when I was in my teens.

It was a nice closet system but definitely not quality. Better than what you'd find at Walmart or Target but it isn't going to serve the test of time.

With that said though, for my kids, it will be 'good enough' cute, affordable stuff which should last their childhoods at least.

I wouldn't want to risk good, expensive furniture getting jumped on, scribbled on and otherwise subjected to the daily trials of what my little boys will throw at it! so Ikea stuff is going to be perfect!
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Old 03-18-2014, 06:32 PM
 
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I agree that IKEA is perfect for kid's stuff. It's not like kids understand quality furniture anyways! I've purchased some toys from there for my niece as well.
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Old 03-19-2014, 06:52 PM
 
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When I was in Chicago for college/grad school I would occasionally go to Ikea just for the exercise. The buildings up there were so huge you could literally get winded just doing a couple of laps around the place. Especially nice in winter when it was too miserable to walk outside.
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Old 03-20-2014, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Saint Louis, MO
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Speaking of kids furniture, we purchased a set for my daughter from Carol House...she's only two right now, but the set is pretty age-neutral (i.e. no little kid designs or anything else). While I paid a premium for it, the set should last her until she goes off to college and likely after...all she has to do is not destroy it...and if she starts doing that, i'll be destroying her!
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Old 03-20-2014, 09:09 PM
 
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Well, I for one am glad it's coming. I know a lot of their furniture's cheap and not meant to last a long time, but there's a variety of other stuff that is both useful, attractive, and affordable. We got really thick, fluffy cotton bathrobes for like $15 a couple of years ago and still wear them every morning while the weather is cool to cold.
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