“An IKEA catalogue with a photo that appears to show a dog with a
larger-than-normal, human-like appendage has not been tampered with, according
to the furniture giant’s Canadian office.
The first photo in the 2007 catalogue — a two-page, front-cover
foldout — shows a young family lounging on a bed with a dog.
The dog, which appears to be a greyhound or whippet, seems to have one
distinctly human male characteristic, prompting some to suggest the image had
been tampered with by a mischievous employee using a program such as Photoshop.
Ikea Canada says that’s simply not the case.
“The picture has
definitely not been tampered with,” Debbie McDowell, corporate communications
manager for the Swedish retailer’s Canadian office told CTV.ca.”
“BERLIN (AP) – German prosecutors said Monday they are investigating 51
people, including seven former IKEA employees, over alleged bribery involving
the Swedish furniture giant.
into the case, in which the former employees are suspected of accepting bribes
and other gifts from German firms in exchange for construction contracts.
Frankfurt prosecutors said they now have 51 people under investigation
- 44 of whom worked for various construction and services companies…”
“IKEA, a leading home furnishings retailer, expressed its appreciation to the
Orlando [FL] City Council for the body’s approval of a proposed IKEA store in
Central Florida increasing the Swedish retailer’s planned presence in Florida
and the Southeastern U.S. This City Council approval today follows the Municipal
Planning Board’s recommendation last month to approve plans for the store.
Pending permits, construction of the future IKEA Orlando can begin later this
year, with an anticipated opening in Fall 2007…a store is (also) slated to
open Summer 2007 in the South Florida city of Sunrise.
IKEA is thrilled
and honored at the support voiced by the Orlando City Council in favor of our
opening a store in the area next year, said David Iemolo, real estate manager
for IKEA. While we already knew many in the area were IKEA customers, the
outpouring of interest since we announced our plans plus this approval by the
City makes us feel so welcome.
The plan approved in an unanimous city
council vote allows IKEA to build a 309,000 square-foot store, with its 1,200
parking spaces, on 22 acres off Eastgate Drive, south of Conroy Road, across
from the southeastern end of The Mall at Millenia. The future IKEA Orlando will
reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known
Besides offering nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items,
IKEA Orlando will feature three model homes, 50 room settings, a supervised
children’s play area, and a 300-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such
as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes.
Other family-friendly features will include a Children’s IKEA area in the
showroom, baby care rooms, preferred parking and play areas throughout the
ALMHULT, SWEDEN – Most furniture chains don’t have hard-core fans who camp out in
parking lots before grand openings or blog about copycat competition in
But Ikea is more than a chain. The blue-and-yellow warehouse
jammed with low-cost, high-style furniture and housewares is closer to a design
At company headquarters this spring, project manager Lars
Dafnas summed up Ikea’s appeal in just three words: “Natural. Blond. Solid.”
It’s a short profile that has cut a long swath through the global furniture
market, making Ikea the world’s leading home-furnishings retailer.
Target’s “Global Bazaar” and Cost Plus World Market – Ikea balances two
seemingly contradictory truths. It remains rooted in Scandinavian design, even
as its global reach, toward customers “and” suppliers, broadens each
In-house, Ikea divides all its products into four style groups:
Young Swede, Scandinavian, modern and country. You won’t read or hear anything
about these divisions in Ikea stores or catalogs, but a big chunk of the
company’s output is designed for its own corner of the world.”
Houston Chronicle/AZ Central
accessories ranging from sleek to funky.
… for those who like a little whimsy, there’s the new gnome
collection, which includes wrapping paper with the little characters dancing,
plus stationery, ornaments and string lights, starting at $2.99 for the set at
Dallas Morning News/Rhode Island News
“WEST CHESTER TWP. - Ikea’s decision to locate its Ohio
megastore on 56 acres off the Union Centre Boulevard exit of Interstate
75 is the culmination of more than a year of effort by developer
Schumacher-Dugan Construction Inc.
“Ikea was right at the top in
our minds,” said Larry Schumacher, president of the company, which
created the 1,000-acre commerce park along the fast-growing
interchange. “It’s like Procter & Gamble, Liz Claiborne or General
Motors (other tenants in the development). We have a high-quality
development, and Ikea fits that mold,” said Schumacher, who said he has
shopped at the Ikea in Pittsburgh.
blue-and-gold home furnishings mecca, to open in the fall of 2007, will
employ 400, have parking for 1,400 cars and is expected to draw
shoppers from hundreds of miles away.
Ikea says it has tracked
100,000 customers within two hours’ drive of the West Chester location
who have visited their other stores.
Michael Maier, Ikea’s real
estate manager, said at a news conference Tuesday that the chain has
been considering a location in Ohio for years.
“We’re thrilled to bring jobs, shopping and all things Swedish to West Chester,” Maier said.”
“One of the most sought after stores in the country is coming to the Tri-State.
IKEA executives announced Tuesday morning that they are building their next U.S. store in West Chester.
The store will be near Union Centre Boulevard, in the area of Allen and
Mulhauseer Roads. The store will be plainly visible from I-75.
Local 12 Reporter Dennison Keller has more on what makes these stores so special.”