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Going to Ikea is mostly a joy. Sure, you lose track of time very easily, like you’re in some kind of casino with Scandinavian furniture, but it doesn’t matter. There’s just so much stuff to see and eat, so while it’s exhausting, it’s a good tired. But Ikea stores are changing slightly – a smaller, 30,000 square-foot operation has opened in Kitchener, and it will operate strictly as a showroom. Guests can come in, pick out what they like, and for a $20 fee, pieces will be delivered to the showroom for pick-up.

This sounds terrible, but you have to remember that Kitchener doesn’t have its own Ikea. In fact, the closest is Burlington. The mayor of Kitchener thinks this is a great idea, because it means not losing local business to other regions. So, perhaps if this works out, it will mean more Ikea showrooms for other small towns that don’t have the luxury of their own emporium of POÄNG chairs.

However, if you and your family treat Ikea like a restaurant-warehouse, then these small operations won’t satisfy your craving. There will be no Ikea Food at Ikea showrooms – no meatballs, no lingonberry jam, no hot dogs or frozen yogurt. So, it’s like telling your kids you’re going to Disneyland and then taking them to the dentist.