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Sorry, St. Louis, Those I-K-E-A Letters Were A Total Fake Out

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One day, we'll get giant yellow letters of our own, St. Louis.
We thought St. Louis would stop losing it's mind with joy at every IKEA-related social media rumor once the Swedish furniture wizards made their intentions to open a store here official.

Thankfully, we were wrong.

The IKEA frenzy continues, this time when an imgur user posted a photo of a truck at I-270 and I-44 hauling giant, 12-foot yellow letters that spelled I-K-E-A.

The St. Louis Business Journal's E.B. Solomont admits she "caught a bit of IKEA fever" when a photo of the letters popped up in her Twitter feed. She did some digging, and what she found is only a little disappointing.

See also: Nashville is Jealous of St. Louis' New IKEA

The letters aren't bound for the future St. Louis IKEA, says Ikea spokesman Joseph Roth. They're on their way to Kansas City, where IKEA opens in Fall 2014, from the manufacturers in Dothan, Alabama, about 700 miles southeast of St. Louis.

And that makes a lot of sense because St. Louis' IKEA store isn't slated to open until 2015, a year after Kansas City. (Remember how upset St. Louis was when KC beat us to having the first store in Missouri?)

Besides, IKEA hasn't even closed on the Cortex district land they'll be building on, Solomont reports. The land will cost about $30 million.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.



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19 comments
tj9638
tj9638

EDITOR, NOTE PLEASE: Please read your first sentence!  The possessive case of "it" is formed without use of the apostrophe! Therefore, the possessive case of "it" is written" its".   "It's" is a contraction that means "it is".  (4th grade English) 

Joseph Sorin Leibu
Joseph Sorin Leibu

this is the year 2014, the times of quality made furniture is long gone. I used to see quality made furniture when my mom and dad bought our first dinning room table. That was about 30 years ago.

Chris Lee
Chris Lee

The St. Louis(CITY)store is also going to be bigger than the one in Mission, Kansas

Danielle Eaton
Danielle Eaton

Some call it junk. I call it every-piece-of-furniture-I-have-purchased-in-the-last-seven-years.

Sarah Louise Bennight
Sarah Louise Bennight

Mm mm i still use and live with my IKEA furniture from when i was a child. Surely not cheap crap but affordable and clever design for small spaces.

Jeremy Brooks
Jeremy Brooks

The St. Louis store WILL be the first for Missouri, however. The Kansas City area store is coming together nicely... in Mission, KS.

Ruth Hennesy
Ruth Hennesy

We loved IKEA in seattle.sure will be glad to see it here. I have pots from ikea that are 20 years old and would not think of giving them away use every day

Brian Mull
Brian Mull

Don't get too hyped up for it St. Louis, its just a trendy store to steal your money with cheaply made European crap furniture.

Tammy Madison
Tammy Madison

Went to that store while stationed in California. Didn't care for it.

Ann Stillwell
Ann Stillwell

Another store ....who cares there are already plenty here.

Tracey Lenz
Tracey Lenz

What's the big deal? Not that great don't get the hype

Greg Grooms
Greg Grooms

Kansas City gets almost everything before Saint Louis. Nothing new.

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