IKEA Opens Portland Store, Bringing Swedish Home Furnishings & Meatballs to Oregon...

IKEA Opens Portland Store, Bringing Swedish Home Furnishings & Meatballs to Oregon & Beyond

Grand opening of IKEA Portland included mayor, flag-raisings, log-sawing, community involvement, recognition of customers


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Portland, OR–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–July 25, 2007–IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, opened its Portland, OR store to customers at 9 a.m. PDT, Wednesday, July 25. The 280,000-square-foot IKEA Portland is located along Interstate 205 at the Airport Way West exit, and is 2nd IKEA store in the Pacific Northwest, the 31st IKEA store in the U.S. and 256th worldwide. The store employs 400 coworkers, and features 10,000 exclusively designed home furnishings all under one roof, a 250-seat IKEA Restaurant, a supervised children’s play area and approximately 1,200 parking spaces. (Portland-area customers have been shopping at the Seattle-area store in Renton, WA or online at http://www.IKEA-USA.com.)

“It’s been great to see the outpouring of excitement on behalf of the community at the arrival of the fun and unique IKEA family-friendly shopping experience in Oregon,” said Ken Bodeen, IKEA Portland store manager. “This is a tremendously exciting day for the entire IKEA Portland coworker family.”

Before the doors open, Bodeen welcomed the community into the IKEA customer family with a traditional Swedish log-sawing ceremony, bringing good luck to the new home and its future visitors. In addition to brief remarks by Portland Mayor Tom Potter, Bodeen joined by former Portland Mayor Vera Katz and Governor Kulongoski’s Economic Advisor Tim McCabe in raising the U.S. flag; Honorary Swedish Consul Mark Johnson and Vice Consul Ross Fogelquist raised the Swedish flag; and Port of Portland Executive Director Bill Wyatt and Portland Development Commission Executive Director Bruce Warner raised the Oregon flag.

With a celebration beginning on grand opening day and lasting through Sunday, July 29, IKEA Portland will recognize loyal, enthusiastic customers by giving away thousands of dollars.

— Pick a Card, Any Card – The first 2,500 people to visit IKEA Portland on July 25, 2007 will receive a random prize envelope with vouchers for goodies such as IKEA Gift Cards ranging from $10 to $250 or “Buy One, Get One Free” cinnamon bun, hotdog or frozen yogurt treat.

— You Say It’s Your Birthday – Bring proof to IKEA Portland on July 25 that it is your birthday, and receive a $10 gift card.

— Take a Seat (And We Mean Take It!) – The first 100 adults (18 and over) in line at the IKEA Portland grand opening on July 25, 2007 receive a free POÄNG armchair;

— For the (Truly) Young at Heart – The first 100 children (under 18) in line at IKEA Portland grand opening on July 25, 2007 receive a free FAMNIG heart-shaped cushion; and,

— Enter to Win When Entering our Home – From July 25 through July 29, 2007, visitors to IKEA Portland may enter a drawing to win one of ten $1,000 IKEA Gift Cards. IKEA Portland will match the prizes (a total of $10,000) with a donation to benefit the Day Treatment Room at the Wynne Watts School of the Albertina Kerr Centers , a local service provider to children, adults and families with emotional or mental health challenges and developmental disabilities.

— Play Big and Eat Big (If You’re Little!) – Balloon artists, entertainment and face-painting for kids are taking place at IKEA Portland from July 25 through July 29. They also can enjoy a macaroni-and-cheese meal with a fountain drink for 99¢.

IKEA PORTLAND AT-A-GLANCE

IKEA Portland Offers…

— Low prices for well-designed, stylish, functional furnishings for every room in the home.

— 53 inspirational room-settings and three model homes reflecting a variety of living situations with creative design ideas that can be brought to life in any room in the home.

— More than 10,000 exclusively designed home furnishings ranging from beds, desks and sofas to cookware, pet products and kitchens, complete with cabinetry and appliances.

— Same-day shopping satisfaction with products in easy-to-transport flat-pack boxes that benefit the customer and the environment.

IKEA Portland is a Fun Day Out for the Family with…

— Småland, a supervised children’s play area (for children who meet the 37”-54” height requirement) that replicates the look of a typical Swedish farmhouse and forest.

— Additional play areas throughout the store, offering activities for kids shopping with parents.

— A “Children’s IKEA” area in the Showroom that also offers fun, interactive play.

— Attention-to-detail conveniences such as: family-friendly parking, strollers, baby care rooms, and a private, comfortable room for nursing moms.

No Need to Shop on an Empty Stomach at IKEA Portland…

— Beginning July 30, the IKEA Restaurant will start opening one-half hour earlier than the store for a full hot breakfast, including scrambled eggs, potatoes and bacon for 99¢.

— The 250-seat restaurant also offers lunch, dinner, snacks and dessert, with a diverse menu, including traditional Swedish specialties such as the popular IKEA Swedish meatballs, shrimp sandwiches, salmon platters, and American dishes such as pasta, chicken and a vegetarian option.

— Menu choices for kids include a child’s portion of Swedish meatballs or macaroni and cheese, while baby food, bottle warmers and bibs are available for even younger visitors.

— A Bistro near the store’s exit serves hot dogs, cinnamon buns, frozen yogurt and beverages.

— The Swedish Foodmarket offers Swedish delicacies, treats, and even frozen Swedish meatballs (the same ones served in the store’s Restaurant) to purchase and then prepare at home.

IKEA Portland Shopping Conveniences…

— Customers can pick-up catalogs at the store, and also receive help from a furnishings consultant.

— Measuring tape, pencils, store maps, yellow shopping bags and two types of carts are available.

— Many conventional, handheld, and self-checkouts to ensure efficient customer purchasing.

— Home-delivery and assembly services can be arranged while at the store, with a $10 discount for customers who ride MAX to IKEA and show valid proof of ridership on date of purchase.

When IKEA Portland opens, there will be 256 IKEA stores in 35 countries, including 31 in the U.S., where other stores are being planned in: Brooklyn, NY; Charlotte, NC; Orlando, FL; Somerville, MA; Sunrise, FL; Tampa, FL; and West Chester, OH. Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered a wide range of home furnishings and accessories of good design and function, at low prices so the majority of the people can afford them. IKEA has been ranked in FORTUNE’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list (three years in a row), Working Mother magazine’s annual list of “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” (four years in a row) and Training magazine’s annual “Top 100” ranking of companies that excel at human capital development (five years in a row). IKEA incorporates environmentally and socially responsible efforts into day-to-day business, and continually supports initiatives that benefit causes such as children and the environment. To visit the IKEA Web site or for information about working at IKEA, please go to http://www.IKEA-USA.com.

IKEA Opens Portland Store, Bringing Swedish Home Furnishings & Meatballs to Oregon & Beyond