In 2003, I thought I wanted a mall to come to New Haven. I wanted Macy’s back. And a Nordstrom’s. I was tired of having to drive out of town to buy shoes and underwear.
Instead we became the first city in New England to get an IKEA.
I have come to love this store and this company.
Here are a few of the reasons why:
- When IKEA installed solar panels on its roof in 2012, it was the largest array of solar panels in the state.
- IKEA is a good source of local jobs and the workers seem happy to work there.
- Coffee is always free if you join the Family (free membership).
- Its restaurant offers a great view of the city (and the I-95 construction project) and is a great place to have a business meeting or a study group.
- It is the perfect place to burn off some calories when the weather outside is too hot or too cold to go for a long walk. And it is always fun to imagine what it would be like to live in the various sized display “homes” where there always seems to be ample space until you realize the occupants have no personal possessions.
- IKEA has a convenient “wall” for responsible recycling many types of items including spent CFLs and rechargeable batteries.
- The grocery section is stocked with a variety of organic products including drinks and jams.
- As of this month most of their seafood is MSC or ASC certified.
- The restaurant now has a VEGAN alternative to the famed meatball plate. Since spring vegetable balls GRÖNSAKSBULLAR have been on the menu. The ingredients will vary with the seasons. The GRÖNSAKSBULLAR currently on the menu have a kale base and come with a side of steamed vegetables and cauliflower “gravy.” Very tasty. Every day can be Meatless Monday at IKEA!
- As of September 1, IKEA stores worldwide will only sell LED bulbs and lighting.
I choose IKEA over a mall any day.