When Vegas Seven put together a list last year of stores we wished would come to Las Vegas, Ikea topped the lineup. Now the Scandinavian furniture giant has announced plans to open an outpost at Sunset Road and Durango Drive in 2016. Here are four reasons we can’t wait for the doors to open.
- No more pricey delivery fees. The retailer is known for offering some products only in stores, and they always seemed to include that one snuggly cream shag rug you’ve been eyeing. Local company Modern LV has done a brisk business driving to the Los Angeles store to pick up home furnishings for Ikea-craving Las Vegans, and the commissions they charge are fair considering the door-to-door service. But it sure will be nice not to have to pay an extra 20 percent on top of the cost of that rug.
- Fun accessories. Nearly 30 years after Ikea first came to the U.S., those Poäng chairs and particle-board bookcases are looking a little tired. Not so the chain’s collections of organic-modern lamps and colorful textiles, which are frequently updated with well-designed products that look classier than their prices would suggest. A trip to the store’s marketplace section will be a great way to update a room on the cheap.
- Relatively well-paying jobs. Transporting a little of that Swedish social-democratic ethos to the United States, Ikea announced last month that it will be calculating pay rates for its employees based on the cost of living in each area, a move that will raise its average starting wage nationwide to nearly $11 per hour by next year. No word yet on what the rate will be in Las Vegas, but that’s good news for low-wage workers here.
- The food. Salmon lasagna for $4. A 99-cent breakfast that’s actually tasty. Exotic imports such as lingonberry jam. And of course, the meatballs. Need we say more?