After 6 months of Lara being in America, we finally satisfied her IKEA withdrawals! She’s an organizing fanatic and loves IKEA…. and has been wanting to see the difference between an American IKEA and one in Germany.
The biggest difference…. Germany has 46 IKEA’s!!! 46!!! Arizona has ONE! Just ONE! And in all of America, there are 38 IKEA’s!!! Comparing the size of Germany with America… that’s a lot of IKEA’s!!! I kind of laugh about that with a little sarcasm saying… the number of IKEA’s in Germany is like the number of WalMarts we have in America! Almost one every couple miles! LOL!
An employee at the Tempe, Arizona IKEA told us that 53% of IKEA’s earnings come from Germany! WOW! In researching IKEA, we learned that Germany is the country with the most stores, followed by the United states. But geographically, that’s a lot more stores packed into a smaller area!!! The first store was opened in Germany in 1974. The first one in the United States was in 1985.
Here’s a link showing all the IKEA’s in Germany. http://www.ikea.com/ms/de_DE/aktivitet/IKNY_SPLASH.html
Here’s a link showing all the IKEA’s in America. http://info.ikea-usa.com/StoreLocator/StoreLocator.aspx
After a visit to the IKEA in Tempe this weekend, Lara said our IKEA was much smaller than the one she goes to in Hamburg. That one even has a parking garage! The Tempe one is 31,000 square meters. The one in Hamburg Moorfleet is 35,000 square meters. This link shows the sizes of all IKEA stores. http://www.ikea.com/ms/en_AU/about_ikea/facts_and_figures/ikea_group_stores/germany.html
As we walked downstairs, Lara said, “Where’s the slide?” I was like, “What slide???” LOL. They get all the bells and whistles I guess!
Another difference is how we pronouce IKEA in America. We say it like “eye-kee-uh”. German’s and Swedes pronounce it “ee-kay-uh”. That’s been a long-standing discussion in our house since Lara got here!
A few other tidbits of info we’ve learned about IKEA is that they employ 127,000 employees. Also, IKEA is the world’s third largest consumer of wood behind Home Depot and Lowes. Plus… the European logistics center for IKEA is in Dortmund, Germany. The Asian logistics center is located in Singapore.
Although Lara loves everything in the store… we walked out with a chair, a frying pan, a file organizer and a couple trash cans. After all…. she can’t take much back with her!