Now that IKEA's massive new Burbank store is almost here, we wonder how Angelenos have even managed to put up with the existing maddening maze, which is only a mere 200,000ish square feet. The Swedish home furnishings giant will close the current store this Sunday, meaning those living north of the 10 will be IKEA-less until the supersized outpost opens Wednesday, February 8. (There's always the Carson location!)
Los Angeles magazine recently shared a sneak peek inside the new IKEA, which will clock in at 456,000 square feet (nearly double the size of IKEA Burbank 1.0) and boast 1,700 parking spaces (yup, no more battling those AMC theatergoers for spots). Located jut down the street at 800 South San Fernando Boulevard (soon-to-be 600 Ikea Way), the relocated store will offer nearly 10,000 products and will be IKEA's largest in America.
The new home goods haven will house "more realistic model rooms to help you visualize how pieces can work IRL [and] there are a handful of swinging doors that provide shortcuts for hurried customers," according to Los Angeles mag. The earth-friendlier store will also be equipped with solar panels and LED lighting, while the cafe will serve up cage-free eggs and responsibly-sourced salmon. Speaking of the kitchen, IKEA's restaurant will accommodate 600 shoppers and will continue to offers its crowd-pleasing $1 breakfast menu from 9:30 to 11am.
There'll be a slew of opening day giveaways, too: according to IKEA's website, the first 26 visitors will score a free LANDSKRONA sofa (otherwise, you'll have to fork up $779 for it), and then the following 100 visitors will enjoy a free POANG chair (normally $109). Other freebies include a free heart cushion for the first 200 kids, and gift cards valued at up to $250 for the first 2,500 guests. Toasting another orbit around the earth that day? Birthday girls and boys will enjoy a free $52 gift card.
See the rest of the IKEA 2.0 photos over at Los Angeles mag.
600 Ikea Way, Burbank, CA 91502