Tuesday, July 13

Second IKEA coming to Chicago, but no South Loop

Chicagoist has the scoop on the new IKEA.

IKEA was originally eyeing a spot at Roosevelt Road and Clark Street. Needless to say it didn't happen, likely because there is no way that area could handle the traffic. I'm sad if only because I'd miss the convenience and chaos it would bring to the south loop. Instead there is a Target store going in at that location and IKEA is putting in a store in Bolingbrook. Blarg. Target. Blarg. Bolingbrook is farther away than Schaumburg.
Ever since Scandinavian furniture retailer IKEA opened its Schaumburg store in 1998, it's been looking to add a second one in the Chicago area. Next fall, fans of affordable "Euro chic" home furnishings can flock to a new 310,000-square-fooIKEAea in Bolingbrook.

"Schaumburg is one of the highest-performing stores in the world," An Ikea spokesman says, although he wouldn't provide store-specific sales figures for the Midwest anchor located next to Woodfield shopping center. Ikea's 18 U.S. stores brought in $1.3 billion in sales last year, accounting for nearly 11% of the company's $12.2 billion in sales for 2003.Chicagobusiness.com
Just remember your IKEA addiction training.

Note: This post is best rread while listening to Jonathan Coulton's IKEA song.

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