Kansas City has been buzzing these past two weeks with the biggest news in, oh, EVER.
That’s right. IKEA is coming to town. And in my little bubble of a world, this easily beats out the other recent great things Kansas City has had going for it: The All-Star Game, Google Fiber, Trader Joe’s and The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
I’ve never been to IKEA, and now, 11 years after first laying eyes on a catalog, I’m going to have the chance!
Well, actually I’m going to have the chance 13 years after first laying eyes on that Futura bible, since the store is not scheduled to open until the fall of 2014. But when it does, I will be there. And probably daily during lunch breaks, since the site is less than two miles from my office.
I pass it all the time, the sad 53,182-square-foot shopping center that was supposed to open in 2008, but never found even one permanent tenant:
Now, the site will be razed, save the stone retaining wall, to make way for this:
And I’m pretty sure this is the direct result of “The Secret” or something, because check out my Facebook status from August 15, a little over a month before the new store was announced:
I am floating the idea of renting a van and heading to IKEA some weekend next spring/summer. And taking requests for purchases at a 10% commission to help pay for my trip. This is either genius or a sign that I need to slow down on the Steve Jobs biography.
Well, I guess that won’t be necessary!
What would be the first IKEA item you’d snatch up if you were me?
And tell me, honestly, is the food any good?