We’d give them an allen key to town

On­line read­ers are united as they em­brace their flat-pack fur­ni­ture on our web­site

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS -

WE’VE come a long way in 20 years. In those days Amart Fur­ni­ture and Har­vey Nor­man, which were both lo­cated at Park Beach Plaza, were about the only play­ers in town for fur­ni­ture.

If you wanted some­thing “a lit­tle more fancy schmancy” you went to Park Beach In­te­ri­ors for cus­tom de­sign.

Fast for­ward to to­day and the Coffs Coast is no longer a poor coun­try cousin when it comes to shop­ping for home­wares.

Big ticket items and beau­ti­ful home­wares are avail­able at a mix of na­tional and lo­cal stores in­clud­ing Fan­tas­tic Fur­ni­ture, Early Set­tler, Free­dom, McLeods, Forty Winks, Vast In­te­rior, Bisque In­te­ri­ors and Hum­ble Home to name just a few.

This begs the ques­tion – is the Coffs Coast ready for more dec­o­rat­ing/fur­nish­ing stores? And if so, which ones?

We asked our on­line read­ers and re­ceived huge traf­fic.

While votes for Myer and com­ments about the lack of a depart­ment store caused some dis­cus­sion, and gi­ant di­rect-to-the-public ware­house Costco racked up quite a few ex­cited votes, this was a one horse race. Ikea was the win­ner. Thou­sands of read­ers are just hang­ing for the sig­na­ture blue and gold build­ing of this Swedish home­wares suc­cess story to ap­pear on the Coffs Coast.

Read­ers shared sto­ries of driv­ing five hours to the Lo­gan store in Queens­land, ei­ther as a de­tour on a fam­ily hol­i­day or as the sole des­ti­na­tion on a home­ware shop­ping bo­nanza.

It seems we love Ikea. Ev­ery time a build­ing be­comes va­cant ru­mours ramp up that Ikea is com­ing.

Ikea has yet to re­spond to our email, which in­cluded copies of all your com­ments.

Maybe a mini Ikea with a show­room and some prod­uct where you can or­der. — Skye Garrett

GREAT IKEA: The blue and gold gets read­ers ex­cited

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