I was stunned by the implications of this little story I just spotted on RTE. It seems Dublin hasn't had an IKEA before. How did you escape the stylish homogenous cheaply produced and easy to assemble look ?
Will the FF/Green coalition have any influence on peoples' need or want for such furniture & interior bits and bobs?
Surely only time will tell. But one thing is certain :- in a very short time most of Dublin will move on from recycled furniture found on the street, MFI tables and built in Telly display units & look exactly the same as everywhere else.
& there will be jobs too. Complete with stylish "I work here" T-shirts.
Many of you will worry is Ballymun the right place for such an emporium, I recall when they set up in my home barcelona, they felt the need to advertise themselves under the slogan welcome to the republic of your casa & situated their megastores (which include a dinky maze approach to customer herding). They put their two stores in the opposite slumish bits of town. I suppose a bit like suggesting an Ikea shop in Weston and St John's of Limerick.
Oh the future & what it holds for you!
from RTE :-
An Bord Pleanála has given the green light to the Swedish furniture giant IKEA to build a superstore at Ballymun in Dublin.
In its decision, An Bord Pleanála said the new shop would not overload the M50 junction because of 30 conditions it is attaching to the planning permission. IKEA can begin the construction of the building, however it is not allowed to open for business until the M50 upgrade has been completed, according to conditions set by An Bord Pleanála. AdvertisementThe planning board stipulated that IKEA can not open before 11am. It also ruled out 'browse time' in which shoppers can inspect goods before tills open. Under the conditions IKEA must ensure that there is a shuttle bus service to Ballymun. Fingal County Council granted planning permission last October, but it was appealed to An Bord Pleanála by seven parties, including the National Roads Authority (NRA).
the site of the store itself - it's more than store - it's a way of life.