Ikea in Canberra – Flat-packed and fabulous?

by The Editor


Ready your allen keys, folks, the big kid is coming to town!

Owners of Inner-city apartments not already decked out with Billy bookcases and Malm chest of drawers can send up a collective cheer with the The Canberra Times announcing Ikea is finally opening in Canberra.


Our relatively small population remains attractive to the Swedish juggernaut. Let’s face it, Canberra has some the highest average earnings in Australia, which puts it right at the pinnacle of global hotspots for selling semi-disposable crap into a population brimming with cash.

One has to wonder though, does the arrival of Ikea seem timely in the atmosphere of a ‘budget crisis’ where Federal Government departments speak of ‘austerity measures’ in the face of a budget largely unknown, but largely feared?

Or will the blue and yellow behemoth simply usher another wave of spending as Canberrans revel in the refreshed justification for living outside of the metropolitan centres? The rather lukewarm opening of Zara – with ropes guarding a non-existent queue – suggest we may have matured to take these events much more in our our stride.


We remain dubious. The site of the new store will be within a new precinct at the airport, and we would suggest the end of the runway is probably the best spot given the amount of traffic likely to descend upon Ikea in the first few weeks.

Can you imagine it? There will be nothing if not bulk buying of Grundtal toilet-roll holders, once shoppers have swung past Costco for the obligatory purchase on 100-packs of dunny paper.  It’s a match made in Heaven (if Heaven for you is the stark and windy expanses of the southern Majura Valley)

Still, we’re not one to turn our noses up at this completely. In fact, if our reviews of both Costco and Ikea’s food experiences remain consistent, it may paint a strong reminder of just how good we have it in Canberra with a dining scene that is neither global nor impersonal – that liaising with local communities is always better than aligning with international aspirations.

And that’s a good thing, isn’t it?