Ikea denies rumors of Orlando location
Its final: no IKEA for Orlando, at least for now:
“Officials with Scandinavian furniture store Ikea International say they want to put a few rumors to rest in Orlando.
Ever since a January report (published by a local paper, though not this one) announced that Ikea bought up 30 acres of land near the Mall at Millenia, businesspeople and homeowners alike scrambled for more information.
Problem is, Ikea’s camp says the company did no such thing. Though the retailer announced it is definitely making a Florida appearance once it can find suitable land in South Florida, it has no plans — yet — for the Orlando area.
“We recognize the customer base in Central Florida,” says spokesman Joseph Roth, “but South Florida has a larger customer base with its population.”
Last year, 310 million people visited Ikea worldwide. On some Sundays in Britain, according to one estimate, almost twice as many people visit an Ikea branch as attend church…”
Orlando Business Journal
Well, at least you can take a hot-air balloon ride