IKEA Columbus Opens June 7th
This past week, I was invited to join the Press Tour of the brand new IKEA Columbus. The Columbus location is not the first Ohio location, but if you’re like me, you have been anxiously awaiting its’ arrival! (I have a running list of items on my Ikea wishlist.)
IKEA Columbus will be their 44th US location and the 397th location in the world. Our tour of the store started with a “smorgasbord” of breakfast items sampled from their in-store menu. I couldn’t resist the sweets and a latte.
After breakfast, we were welcomed by David Garcia Gatto, the store manager. Following his remarks, we were divided into small groups for extensive tours of the store.
How to shop IKEA
If you’ve never been to an IKEA before, you’re in for a treat. It’s incredibly user-friendly and “easy to shop,” but you’ll want to make sure to wear some comfortable shoes because you’ll be doing a lot of walking! (We walked over a mile on our tour.) When you enter the store, you’ll enter on the lower level where there is a children’s play area, a locker area (for extra items you don’t want to carry around the store), and restrooms.
You’ll take an elevator upstairs and arrive in the Showroom area and in the Restaurant. Each store features a bright, open eating area with lots of yummy, inexpensive food options. Start with a latte and dessert or smoked salmon – there are plenty of food options.
Once you’re fueled, you can head into the showroom area. The showrooms are divided into different categories – bedrooms, living rooms, kitchen areas, etc. You’ll see products displayed in a variety of ways that will spark your imagination. They also have several tiny apartments throughout the showroom, so you can see complete small spaces and how all of the items fit together. Follow the Showroom path of lit floor arrows, if you get lost. You will also find that there are shortcuts along the way, if you’re getting tired or need a restroom break. If you see items you like, you can write down the item numbers down along with the location of where to buy them downstairs (all of the actual shopping occurs on the lower level). There is also an app, which will help you save and locate the items.
Once you’ve made your way through the showroom, you’ll have a chance to get a bite to eat again (as you’ll end up back in the restaurant area) and then you’ll head downstairs to the Marketplace area to pick up all of the home accessories you were admiring upstairs. Large furniture items are found in the self-serve warehouse area. There are large cargo carts available in the warehouse and you just wheel your items to the front for checkout and then to the loading area.
Opening Week Activities:
- Wednesday, June 7th – the first 44 adults will receive a free Ektorp sofa
- Thursday, June 8th – the first 44 adults will receive a free queen-sized Haugesund mattress
- Friday, June 9th – the first 44 adults will receive a free IKEA 365 cook set