IKEA Aberdeen - An Early Preview

Obligatory mirror photo.

I love IKEA.

It's cheap, it's cheerful and you always leave the store satisfied. The only downfall, for me, would be that you have to travel to Edinburgh to Glasgow to get to the nearest store. That's OK if you want a couple of smaller items, but when it comes to the bigger stuff then you either have to try and fit it in your car or organise a delivery. My beautiful friend Lauren and I were able to head on over to the store after work today to get a sneak peek at the store before it opens officially on Thursday.

The whole city of Aberdeen was screaming out for our own store. There had even been Facebook pages created to get IKEA to come up to the North-East. So you can only imagine my delight when it was revealed that we would at last be getting our own little blue and yellow box! The only catch was that this wouldn't be like your regular IKEA. It is a sort of a click and collect concept. It looks like your regular IKEA, it feels like your regular IKEA, it's just that most of the things you see in store you can't take away with you.

HOWEVER, if you do a little searching and nosey-ing about you can in fact take away a lot their smaller items like cutlery, (fake) plants, cushions etc. Basically, the items you can get in the "warehouse" you find in their big stores are all available in the Aberdeen one. You just have to go looking for them!
I must admit I really enjoyed the idea of searching for the items you want - it's a much more interactive way of shopping and you get to know other products in the process.

It's a very pretty store, though I can imagine it will get very busy come this weekend! Must admit, it was so lovely being able to have a look around without the thousands of people I will expect will explore the new store later this week. There are still the usual mock living room/bedroom/kitchen set up and there is a wee cafe that sells a small variety of food. You can even get bags of the frozen meatballs that everyone raves about. They are so yummy though!

If you like IKEA I don't think you will be disappointed. There will be some people who will be upset that you still have to pay for delivery, and that not all items are ready and available. In my opinion having this store is way better than no store. With the prices of the items being so cheap you don't feel as bad paying a bit extra for delivery, and to be honest, you'd be saving money anyway compared to the price of petrol to travel to Glasgow/Edinburgh.

Are you excited to visit the new store when it opens?

Would love to hear your thoughts when you do!



1 comment:

  1. Looks really good, I haven't been yet but looking forward to eventually going. I must admit to feeling disappointed when I heard we were just having a click n collect type store instead of the mahoosive ones of Edinburgh & Glasgow as there would be the demand for it. Never mind as you say it's better than having no IKEA :) xx

    The Life of Dee


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