Work­ing for IKEA can be flat-out fun

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Alison Bald­ing

LUCK­ILY I love my job, be­cause the lure of be­com­ing a ball­pit tester, meat­ball taster or com­fort co-or­di­na­tor may have been too good to re­sist.

Th­ese were just three of the six un­paid po­si­tions ad­ver­tised to pro­mote the new IKEA store in Mars­den Park.

The jobs only lasted one day while the IKEA team put to­gether the fin­ish­ing touches be­fore to­mor­row’s grand open­ing, but more than 2000 peo­ple ap­plied.

Store manager An­nie Chan­dler said the idea for the ad cam­paign came about be­cause of the public in­ter­est in the new store.

“The mo­ment the out­side was fin­ished and we be­gan fit­ting out in­side, we had peo­ple al­most daily turn­ing up to see if we were open,” she said. “We joked we should let them in to give us a hand and I guess that’s where the idea came from.”

While it was all a bit of fun, the store has cre­ated more than 300 jobs, with 73 per cent of staff com­ing from West­ern Syd­ney.

The fes­tiv­i­ties will start at 7am to­mor­row out­side the store, be­fore it is of­fi­cially opened for busi­ness at 10am.

Pic­tures: PETER KELLY

Re­porter Alison Bald­ing tests out the ball pit with store manager An­nie Chan­dler, tries the meat­balls with na­tional com­mu­ni­ca­tions manager Tim Pre­vade and makes sure the beds were comfy.

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