Why IKEA really matters to Kansas City
The Kansas City Star
The cynic in me says: IKEA is coming to Kansas City - and that means we will all be able to buy some more inexpensive furniture.
But the optimist in me says: IKEA is coming to Kansas City, and that’s going to please lots of furniture customers and help save them money (no more trips to Minneapolis and no more shipping charges).
Plus, unlike Trader Joe’s (purveyor of food knockoffs you can buy almost anywhere), IKEA’s stuff actually does have some pizzazz about it.
I can see the new Merriam store being quite popular with Kansas Citians. And the economic development there is going to help the struggling Merriam attract more shoppers, more stores and a few more tax dollars.
Finally, getting IKEA is another pat on the back for the metro region. Yes, we’re big enough at 2 million people to attract a national-brand store that has a pretty good reputation with customers.
The masses have spoken: They wanted IKEA and now we’re going to get one.