IKEA in Chilliwack?
What's happening to small town farm culture in the wack?
Yesterday I went with my family to Ikea in Coquitlam. We got there at opening time. The parking lot was already packed. It was free admission, so we felt lucky and skipped into the elevator to begin our ride.
Walking out into the crowd we immediately found ourselves sucked in by the beauty of the first mock livingroom. It was our ideal life, pre-assembled, waiting for us. There weren't any unpaid bills or socks under the couch cushions, (removable, soilproof, available in many color cushion covers, btw) there weren't toys strewn about, the paint wasn't chipped on the wall, the coffee table was to die for. We lounged there for a while then couldn't resist the next living-space cubicle tease.
On and on it went, a frenzy of model-number jotting, measurement taking, life-with-great-home-furnishings-filled-dreaming, cardboard model tv pondering, and people watching.
"Could this really happen in Chilliwack?" I asked myself. Could we really get an IKEA in the wack? Do we really need one?
What happened to buying furniture from places like Sears or that little furniture shop in the Chilliwack Mall or something pre-loved from Bibles for Missions in Sardis? Why the need to buy new, all-pine, and spend too many evenings with complimentary allan key wrenches and pieces of wood all over the livingroom just to get an unstained Ikea bookshelf?
Back at work today I took a poll of coworkers and people on the street to get some feedback on the idea of IKEA building their next big box here in Chilliwack. I was suprised to hear many say they would love the idea, that having a local IKEA would make them buy even more essentials like wicker baskets, trivets, and those cool white office storage boxes with silver corners. Listening to their responses I couldn't help but be reminded of the BNL song "If I had a million dollars" which tells a story about two people talking about whether they'd still eat Kraft dinner or not when they got rich. The song goes on to reveal "of course we would, we'd just eat more..."
Following the recent landing of the uber-Canadian Tire, Staples and Real Canadian Superstore, I started to wonder if IKEA could, one day, be the next big box to assimilate Chilliwack residents to its ikealized ways of living, and encourage us to leave our corn growing, church-going, cultural roots behind?
Some are opposed and some love the idea of not only adding IKEA to Chilliwack's growing list of destination attractions, but also to the growing list of exotic international IKEA stores including Hungary, Kuwait, Israel, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Iceland, China & Singapore.
Feel free to tell IKEA HQ your thoughts about IKEA coming to Chilliwack. If you cross your fingers (and if maybe another 100,00 people move to Chilliwack you may just see this dream come true in a corn field near you.
Side note: I have to wonder if IKEA stores come premade in many boxes with instructions in a many languages and free little tools to assemble them?
Send us your feedback, thoughts about Ikea coming to Chilliwack, or your favorite item you've purchased from Ikea and how it makes your life in Chilliwack all the better
Recent Feedback about "Ikea Comes to Chilliwack":
Some would think an Ikea would bring convienience to Chilliwack. Well, it does. nuff said. April 4, 2007
Great! I love I Ikea-they are child friendly. I welcome the idea! November 11, 2006
My husband and I love Ikea and we think it would be a GREAT idea! (sorry for the lame rhyme). We totally support an ikea here in chilliwack. November 8, 2006
OMG...PLease no, chilliwack is a awesome small city, please dont bring an ikea here, that would just bring way more traffic here..yuck....that would be aweful, if people like ikea that much then the drive to burnaby isnt that bad....plus we have everything we need here. November 6, 2006
I think chilliwack needs a bigger, better walmart and mabey a home depot before anything like an ikea....chilliwack is nice as a small city. WALMART rules. November 6, 2006
i was just wondering when we can start applying for ikea in chilliwack and when is the date when it is suppose to arrive. October 25, 2006
PLEASE! What a great idea! I'd much rather shop there without having to plan a full day to make the trip out to Burnaby! October 24, 2006
Shannon W says
I am so excited I could cry!!!!!I love that were getting an IKEA, Im known for my obsession with that store and to have one as a neighbour ....Ahhhhhhh! Thank you. October 23, 2006
I don't think Chilliwack needs an ikea, although it would be cool, there are W-A-Y more important things before an ikea should come this way! Like a BIGGER mall our mall sucks so much it's sad. Everybody has to go to abby atleast in order to get anything decent. October 20, 2006
"OH MY GOD!!! YES!!!! I LOVE IKEA!!! I live for IKEA, my whole house is IKEA, i hear the words IKEA adn is amazing i would never leave chilliwack if there was an IKEA here!! Please bring IKEA to ME!!!!" October 14, 2006
"How wonderful is that?!!!!!! It is fantastic to see the growth in our community economy. We've seen some great changes over the last while with housing and commercial buildings. Perfect timing with the 2010 Games happening. As a life long resident...I have the right to say.."Bring it all on!" Thank you Mayor Hames!!! Thank you for putting us on the map...and dare I say, it's high time we were rid of the farm smell." October 8, 2006
Sorry but as big as store as ikea is I can't see it lasting long, lots of people like to talk but few actually buy when the time comes... If an idea did come it would shut down a lot of small bizs as well, or at least a chance of that ... Some could just get out right frusterated and close down. Allso rather than insulting all the current shops and places here why not tell them what you want in? Just what do larger places like aby have that you can not find here?.. Other than perhaps a slightly larger wallmart & zellers... wallmart is allso supposidly going to be opening its own larger store soon sometime as well... " October 6, 2006
I am all for an Ikea in Chilliwack,we just recently moved from Richmond and I am going crazy without an Ikea nearby. Is there really going to be one or are these just rumours and wishful thinking. October 3, 2006
"Having just moved to Chilliwack from Calgary, I must say an IKEA would be a great addition to the city although it would be nice to also have better clothing stores and a newer, bigger Wal-Mart. Costco is only about 15 - 20 minute drive right now which is closer than I used to drive in Calgary! Chilliwack is awesome anyway!" October 1, 2006
Love the idea of ikea in chilliwack. Cany wait. " Sept 30, 2006
Good grief people, they won't even put an IKEA in Winnipeg and it would be extremely successful since almost everyone here already oders IKEA thought the mail. September 21, 2006
It would make a lot more sense to locate Ikea at Young & Prairie Central or Luckakuck & Young or East side of Vedder rd. & Yale West." Sept 6, 2006
I think it a great for chilliwack to expand our stores here in chilliwack.The malls have very little. we have to go out of the city to find most things. September 2, 2006
I agree with " Dumb Idea ". Chilliwack needs a Costco before an Ikea! " August 30, 2006
It would be great to bring a little style to Chilliwack for a great price. Then maybe we will draw more people here so that we can get other great stores." August 29, 2006
April K says
"PLease bring Ikea it would do so good" August 28, 2006
"No thanks. Let's get a better mall with some decent stores in it first. Tired of having to go to Abbotsford or Langley for good shopping." August 28, 2006
"Ikea Is Great! Would be an great asset to Chilliwack & they would do a booming Business here!" August 28, 2006
Whoooo Hooo! Can't wait!" August 28, 2006
Amy M says
Ahh, bliss! Bring it on :) " August 28, 2006
Jonathan K says
"Cool" August 28, 2006
Anita J says
"we love IKEA, we can hardly wait....YAHOO!!!" August 28, 2006
"What a gay idea for a ikea. WE NEED A BIGGER MALL ,not a lam ikea.BIGGER MALL PLEEEESSSEEEE!" August 28, 2006
"We love IKEA,bring it to Chiliwack" August 25, 2006
Dumb Idea said
"what a dumb idea. if anything we need a costco, not an ikea. If you really need to buy something either take the drive or order by catalogue" August 24, 2006
"That would be Great to have an Ikea. I've been waiting for a long time to have a big store to come to Chilliwack. DO IT PLEASE!" August 23, 2006
Kathy Y said
"Ikea would be an asset to Chilliwack, would love to have it here." August 21, 2006
I am going to chilliwack. i love ikea a lot. please bring ikea to chilliwack." August 20, 2006
Finally a real good store in chilliwack all we need left is some good clothing stores like " Winners,Gap,Old Navy And all those really nice stores good for everyone :D ANYWAYS IM HAPPY IF THEY PUT A IKEA IN CHILLIWACK" August 18, 2006
"Do any of you fruit cakes honestly believe Ikea would put a store in Chillwack? Give your head a shake. Ikea would put a store in either Langley, Surrey, or Abbotsford before Chilliwack. Stick to the moonshine ya flip'n slack jawed yolkols." August 18, 2006
Great love to have it here better than driving into Burnaby" August 14, 2006
The Kellys fam said
Wonderful Idea! Will be great for everyone! Go for it!!! August 13, 2006
Charles C said
Currently I live in Williams Lake, BC but am planning to move to Chillawack within the next year!! I love IKEA and always stopped at the one in Burnaby every trip I make down south. I think it would make the city so much more appealing and definitely bring in more people from the north there." August 12, 2006
Jeanette H said
"yes!!!!!!! bring it on I will sit with open wallet waiting for a chance to shop for things I like in my own city." August 11, 2006
Sing So Loud said
"lol. I've spent a whack at the non-whack ikea lately myself. If it was here, I wouldn't have to spend a whack on gas." August 10, 2006
"Please...PLEASE...Bring Ikea to Chilliwack...Love the idea...Love the store......" August 9, 2006
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