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Grand Opening of IKEA Store Only One Week Away

Grand Opening of IKEA Store Only One Week Away

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Amanda Butterfield Reporting In one week the IKEA store in Draper will open its doors. The 310,000 square feet store is filled with everything you could possibly need for your home.

The first thing to do is to get a map.

"On the back we give you a place to write down your shopping list," explains store manager Paul Jenzen. "On the side here we have pencils."

On each item's tag, it will give you the name of the piece, an aisle and a bin number. It's important to write those down because the furniture needs to be picked up in the self serve warehouse. That's one way IKEA can offer low prices.

"We always say, 'you do a little, we do a little, together we save,'" Jenzen says.

On the top floor of the store you'll find the big furniture: couches, chairs, tables, desks, shelves, and even appliances, all made and designed for IKEA. There are 51 room displays to give you ideas. There are also three model homes in the store, all furnished with IKEA items.

Paul Jenzen, IKEA Store Manager, "We really like to see our customers trying out the furniture in the store. We don't put a lot of things on shelves, so our sofas and chairs are down on the floor so you can sit in them and try them out."

Downstairs you'll find the smaller things like dishes, rugs and lighting. They are able to keep the prices low by having the warehouse in-house, and it's a self serve warehouse.

Also, you buy everything is packed up, and you must assemble it yourself, or you can pay extra to have it delivered to your house and assembled.

You'll want to plan to spend some time there; it can be a bit overwhelming when you get there. There's also a kids area you can drop your little ones off at while you do shopping. There's a restaurant and a bistro, and places to pick up snacks while you shop. The restaurant specializes in Swedish meatballs, since the founder is from Sweden.

Jenzen tauts, "It's really an experience to shop here."

They're expecting a big crowd next week, likely in the thousands. They will allow people to start camping out next Monday at 8:00 a.m., but no earlier.

The first 100 people inside next Wednesday will get an arm-chair that's valued at about $80. And they'll be randomly giving out $10 to $250 gift cards throughout the day to shoppers.


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