IKEA just moved to Arcadia, and it’s not what you might expect – Pasadena Star News

ARCADIA — IKEA is doing well.

In a departure from the company’s ubiquitous giant blue stores with the big yellow letters on the front, the Swedish furniture giant on Wednesday, August 31st, opened the second of its new scaled-down planning studios.

The first opened on Monday at the Long Beach Towne Center, and the second opened in a 9,092-square-foot space at The Shops at Santa Anita — formerly Westfield Santa Anita. Both are the company’s first stores of their kind to open on the West Coast.

But what are they? What they do?

Conceptually, the purpose of the stores is a little different than what you might be used to at the four big IKEA stores in the company’s LA market.

For one, you can’t really buy something and go out with it on the same day, and you can’t buy those great Swedish meatballs.

Crazy, yes. But here, it’s all about planning and concept. Based on what officials say is extensive market research, IKEA is banking on the fact that you’ll want to schedule appointments and get support from design experts with planning and ordering home furniture “solutions” that require the assistance of a planning studio, be it a kitchen, bedroom or bathroom.

“While customers cannot take home any products on shopping day, the IKEA team will ensure that anything a customer orders is transported to their home or another convenient delivery point,” officials said in a recent announcement by the studios. .

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