Jan. 12, 2021 By Allie Griffin
The first IKEA store in Queens opened Monday.
The popular Swedish furniture and homeware retailer opened a 115,000 square-foot store in the Rego Center shopping mall, at the corner of Queens Boulevard and Junction Boulevard.
The store is now open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. It’s the first IKEA location in the country with a new, smaller format than its traditional store setups, according to the company.
The new store features thousands of IKEA products available to purchase and take home. It also has larger furniture items on display, which can be purchased for home delivery.
The retailer will also offer Swedish cuisine and family-friendly spaces for shoppers with children.
In addition, customers can book appointments with IKEA staff at the new location for help designing their home interiors.
- The company strategically chose the Rego Center shopping mall to place its newest storefront due to its access to public transportation. The site is next to the 63rd Drive – Rego Park M/R station and just a block away from Q59 and Q60 bus stops.
The new Rego Park store is the retailer’s third location within the five boroughs, adding to its long-standing store in Brooklyn and its Manhattan “Planning Studio,” which opened in April 2019.
To view a tour of the new Rego Center IKEA store, watch the video below.
If IKEA can open, why not WalMart? Banning of WalMart for years is thanks to elected officials who believe they know what is best for you. Polls of ordinary New Yorkers continue resulting year after year and now decade after decade to support the right of Wal mart to open stores in NYC.
Construction of a new Wal mart can provide work for construction contractors and their employees. Once opened, there are employment opportunities for many workers. New Yorkers including students, housewives, heads of single family households, senior citizens and others currently out of work along with those who have given up looking could find employment. The city would benefit by millions in sales, payroll and real-estate tax revenue which could help fund essential municipal services everyone desires.
Wal mart is the nation’s largest private sector employer with over 1,200,000 employees and growing each year. Tens of millions of Americans including many fellow New Yorkers own stock in Wal mart. The same is true for the various retirement and pension plans many people participate in. Starting pay averages several dollars above the minimum wage for new employees around the nation. Promotional opportunities including training for higher paying managerial positions are common. They also offer health care and other benefits. Wal mart may actually pay higher salaries and offer more benefits than some of their competitors such as Target, K-Mart, Costco and BJs which are already here.
Several hundred thousand New Yorkers work off the books, full- and part-time with no benefits. Many existing retailers pay minimum wage with no benefits. These same public officials opposing Wal mart never talk about these abuses.
The free enterprise system made our nation great. Economic growth and the creation of wealth comes from businesses— small and large. Consumers shopping at Wal mart get a bigger bang for the buck by being able to compare prices, quality and service to other stores.
Many New Yorkers, poor, working class, single household, middle class, and seniors can’t afford to pay extra. They need the great prices, good quality merchandise, affordable food, drugs, school supplies, clothing and holiday gifts that Wal mart offers.
Consumers have voted, with their feet, all over America making Wal mart the number one retail merchant success story it is today. It is time to allow Wal mart the opportunity to compete in the NYC marketplace as well!
For those “Politically Correct”, don’t shop at Walmart, but give everyone else a choice.