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Milford
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Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 3:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Two friends told me yesterday that they heard IKEA was planning/considering building another store in the area. I don't have any details but they said it was on the news. Has anyone else heard this? Where would a good location be? I think that Troy, the Lakeside Mall area or near the new Partridge Creek Mall would be good sites for a second store.
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El_jimbo
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Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 3:35 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

right next to the new Macy's downtown sounds good.

jk
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Tetsua
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Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 3:36 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I heard this same thing on the news the day that Ikea opened in Canton.
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Beadgrl
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Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 3:41 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Perhaps one on the west side of the state. Kalamazoo sounds good. Or perhaps Saginaw/Flint/Birch Run?

I don't think Metro Detroit needs another IKEA. The Canton store is so busy because it's the only one in tri state area. It's Chicago area or Pittsburgh. I just visited the IKEA site and they plan on opening a new store in West Chester, Ohio.
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Johnlodge
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Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 3:49 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I believe the location was actually more on the East side somewhere. Still in the Metro Detroit area. Macomb comes to mind, but don't quote me.
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Wash_man
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Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 3:58 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

http://macombdaily.com/stories /060407/loc_ikea001.shtml
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Patrick
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Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 5:29 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The Hall Road corridor, for all its suckiness would be ideal for Ikea. I was surprised they didnt build the original one there. Too blue collar? Not lose enough to A2?
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Iheartthed
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Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 5:39 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

^Probably not centralized enough.
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Terryh
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Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 5:39 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Anyone know anything about sales jobs at Ikea stores. I need a part time commission job.
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Fury13
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Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 5:42 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

A place near Great Lakes Crossing would be ideal for IKEA.
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Jt1
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Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 5:42 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I always thought people north of that area preferred plaid couches and country kitchen style. :-)
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Fury13
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Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 5:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Not hardly. GLC isn't far from Rochester, Lake Orion, Oxford, Oakland Township, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Troy, Royal Oak... it's called access to Oakland County money. Not far from western Macomb County either.
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Quinn
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Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 5:49 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Alright...I said this the last time I'll say it again.

PLEASE SOMEONE FROM IKEA LISTEN.

IKEA was built partially on the notion that if you build it, they will come. In other words, save money on the store by building in out of the way, CHEAPER locations (to save money) and make a great product that will drive consumers to your store...no matter where it is.

The first IKEA was built in the middle of the forest out in the middle of nowhere with a single road to it. It thrived, and they continued to expand and build on that model: In europe, where cities are denser and traditional stores thrived in metropolises, IKEA built in far-away places to save money.

Well, in Detroit, we have the opposite case. Same theory, just in reverse. A severly blighted area, that happens to be the "metropolis," which is cheap to build and maintain (the city would bend over for them), and a bunch of people in the suburbs who would, because of the novelty and quality of product, drive into the city and spend money.

The "sticks" in se michigan is downtown. The "metropolis" is the suburbs. IKEA, here's your chance to shine: Build a flagship store downtown, make tons of money and create tons of press and good-will.

It would be a coup.
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Fury13
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Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 5:52 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

When it was looking at Chicago, IKEA did consider building a store right in the city on the near South Side, an up-and-coming area. Ultimately, from what I remember, the store went up in the 'burbs.
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Aiw
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Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 5:53 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Metro Detroit could certainly support a second Ikea.

Metro Toronto supports 4 of them.
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Jt1
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Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 5:54 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Fury - The little smiley face meant I was joking.
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Fury13
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Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 5:54 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Incidentally, I love IKEA's stuff. I got some key fixtures from IKEA when I was remodeling the bathroom of my mid-'50s ranch.
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Fury13
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Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 5:55 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Jt1: I know.

I don't have a sense of humor, though. :-)

(Message edited by Fury13 on June 05, 2007)
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Jt1
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Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 5:56 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Now amid all of the Ikea loving let's remember our new friends at Bureau and Mezzanine.

Different products and different prices but let's support local.

Sorry to be a preachy jerk with stuff like this.
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Quinn
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Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 6:20 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

They built in Schaumberg.

See, I think they are thinking wrong when it comes to detroit. If they build it downtown here, people WILL come and it would be CHEAPER for them to build here. They could turn a pretty profit, and we could get more people downtown...a win-win.

Imagine...

Headline, "Swedish Company IKEA Believes in Downtown Detroit, Builds on Reputation as a Pioneer When Selecting Locations For Its Successful Stores."

"We believe in the city, and wanted to be a part of it's rebirth as a center for consumer businesses," says Ingvar Komprad, founder. "We believe our relationship will be mutually beneficial."

Well a girl can dream can't he?

-Quinn
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Quinn
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Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 9:09 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

What is this? Macy's?

Screw Ikea...I mean...what a great addition to the IKEA theme. They could anchor a shopping mall.
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Titancub
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Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 10:55 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

8/Woodward would be great place -- accessible to suburbanites, central to serve most SE Detroit, in the city to provide jobs and prestige (and more signs of hope esp at the neighborhood level)

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