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IKEA Rolling Out More Than Meatballs

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A few months ago, I was helping A. shop for furniture for her new apartment, and part of that shopping was done in the rat maze of IKEA. Of course, I shared the experience and had some thoughts about the company’s furniture. Readers responded with their experiences as well.

The latest news from Sweden is IKEA will begin selling edible products — more than just what is offered in their restaurants. The food will be inexpensive in the spirit of their furniture pricing. I’ve tried the company’s 50-cent hot dogs and their Swedish meatballs in their restaurant after several hours of shopping, and I’m not a big fan.

I don’t think I’ll be making extra trips to IKEA for my grocery shopping.

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avatar J.D. @ Get Rich Slowly

For years, I’ve been hearing about IKEA. There’s a store in Seattle, and I’ve known people who have driven from Portland just to shop there. It’s always been a mystery to me, though.

No longer.

Apparently there’s an IKEA store coming to Portland this fall or next spring or sometime soon. I’ll take a look at it once or twice, but I don’t know if it’s the kind of thing that’ll appeal to me…

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avatar savvysaver

Never been an Ikea fan. Five years ago I made a couple trips to the store outside of Chicago. It was a fun shopping experience, but I didn’t spend more than a few bucks each time. Their furniture is crap, and their knick-knacks are too trendy for me. I prefer more classic and durable furnishings.

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avatar HC

There was an article a few months ago about elderly and low-income folks visiting the Woodbridge Ikea every morning, because the Ikea breakfast was only $0.99.

I think the meatballs are decent, but then again I’m part Swedish. Mmm, lingonberry jam.

I also still have some pieces from them because I might live in another apartment or two before I buy a place, and there’s something to be said for the hex-key-flat-pack furniture when moving.

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