Early-bird shop­pers crazy for Ikea open­ing

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Thou­sands of shop­pers saw their dreams re­al­ized when Ikea fi­nally opened its doors in Dart­mouth on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

Many of them had overnighte­d to be among the first in line to be­hold the two-level, 330,000-square-foot shop­ping mecca.

Megan Hodges, her four­month-old son Hol­lis and mother Joanne Bishop found their place in line at about 9 p.m. Tues­day evening, and stayed there till the doors opened.

She got a $50 gift cer­tifi­cate for her ef­forts and lit­tle Hol­lis didn’t seem to mind at all.

In fact, he slept through all the hoopla.

“Just the camp­ing was great, the card games, see­ing all the live tweets of peo­ple in line,” said Bishop.

“Peo­ple were parad­ing by all night, film­ing us in line, tak­ing pic­tures of ev­ery­one in line and we were like: ‘We’re up too, come and join us!’ ”

Once in­side, Hodges and her fam­ily got a chance to see it all for them­selves, the 50 rooms, mod­el­ling ev­ery­thing from beds and blan­kets to so­fas and din­ing sets. It was all at their fin­ger­tips: 10,000 or so ready-to-as­sem­ble

pieces of fur­ni­ture, along ap­pli­ances and home ac­ces­sories.

For the sec­ond time in four decades (Ikea first opened here in 1975 and closed again in 1988, cit­ing low sales), the Swedish-based com­pany has ex­tended its fran­chise

into At­lantic Canada.

Swe­den na­tive Anna WahlinSter­n was among the throng of thrilled shop­pers. But she was aim­ing mostly for the food.

“I’ve been in Hal­i­fax for three years, so it’s like a piece of home for me,” said Wahlin-Stern. “Ikea is the only place I can get my milk choco­late, salt licorice and pick­led her­ring.

“We’re all proud of Ikea back home. It even smells like the Ikeas back home. The styles, the white colours are very typ­i­cal of Scan­di­navia.”

Ian Good­win and Car­rie Burgess ar­rived Wed­nes­day ready to do busi­ness.

In less than an hour, their shop­ping cart was full.

“You get a re­ally good prod­uct for a re­ally good price and we just love the ex­pe­ri­ence, the at­mos­phere,” said Ian.

“We love that you can try things out your­self and it’s a pos­i­tive so­cial ex­pe­ri­ence.” Car­rie agreed.

“Any­one can come in here and find some­thing they ab­so­lutely love that’s go­ing to make their home fab­u­lous, and it’s af­ford­able,” she said.

“We bought this seven-piece pot set for 30 bucks and this lamp, it’s su­per stylish and it’s only $8.99. How can you go wrong with that?”

EriC WYnne/The ChrOn­i­Cle her­ald

This was the scene out­side the new Ikea store in Dart­mouth on Wed­nes­day, just be­fore 8 a.m., with about an hour left to go be­fore the store’s doors open to the pub­lic for the first time.

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