July 27, 2007


10280 NE Cascades Parkway
(503) 282-IKEA (4532)
sorta googlemap
get there via trimet
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Store Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., 7 days a week
Restaurant Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., 7 days a week

IKEA, by Matt Picio
Photo by Matt Picio
I come neither to praise IKEA nor to bury it. It is now just here, like an asteroid that's hit the earth and totally changed the gravitation flow of Portland, and as such, I must acknowledge it.

As someone whose house is still post-dorm, I'm more than a little excited about IKEA. If nothing else, there's swedish meatballs, and a 99 cent breakfast served from 9:30-11am. And, I'm excited that it's on the MAX line, and that they have more bicycle parking than I have ever seen for a retail establishment in the US.

And that's how I'd recommend you get to IKEA: by public transport, or by bike. Yes, they do have a huge parking lot, but the Portland Police, and Port of Portland personnel expect that if you drive, at least in the next week or so, you'll get some extra time in your car to think about what you're looking for, and to have buyers remorse trying to get back to the freeway.

According to Anna Griffin's article in the July 19, 2007 Oregonian,

The company expects to welcome more than 150,000 Allen wrench aficionados over the first five days, and police and Port officials say the only question is whether our traffic jams will be as bad as those during other Ikea openings.

Seven years ago, the first Northern California Ikea caused a two-week gridlock. Two years ago in Stoughton, Mass., an Ikea debut backed up freeway traffic five miles.

The frenzy over inexpensive -- or cheap, depending on your taste -- Scandinavian sofas and storage bins has been worse overseas: In London three years ago, a half-dozen people went to the hospital for injuries when one grand opening turned into a riot. In 1995, three people died when the crowd stampeded into a new Saudi Arabian Ikea.

Portland police say they're ready, or at least as ready as they can be. The city usually sends four officers and one sergeant to control traffic outside Trail Blazers games; the team pays about $1,200 a game.

During the chain's first five days in Oregon, 40 Portland police officers will guide traffic toward and away from the store. The company's tab: $120,000.

So if you get to IKEA and fall in love with a couch, or a bookcase, you can always have it delivered to your residence. Here's what the IKEA FAQ says:

The IKEA store offers (or will refer you to) a home delivery service if you prefer. Home delivery is not included in the product price.

How sweet is that? (Now if only they'd also take it to the dump for you at the end of its short life...)


Posted at July 27, 2007 * add entry to del.icio.us


I've heard that they're offering $10 off delivery to MAX riders.

Nice web site, btw.

Posted by: Jason McHuff at July 28, 2007 09:10 PM

I live in SE, I biked to the MAX station at 42nd, then rode the MAX to IKEA (which only took about 15 minutes!).

I was quite pleased how convenient it was to get there... and the fact I didn't have to deal with driving, parking, or any other hassles.

IKEA, of course, was quite the experience. It had been several years since I had visited the one up in Redmond.

Posted by: zilfondel at July 29, 2007 08:07 PM

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