FISHERS, Ind. -- Nearly two years ago, IKEA announced it would build a store in the Indianapolis area.
Since that time, we've seen the groundbreaking, construction and those four letters added to the side of the building. On Wednesday, the store finally opened.
But if you haven't been following everything about IKEA, here's what you need to know.
What is IKEA?
At its simplest, IKEA is a Swedish furniture retailer.
Founded in 1943 in Sweden, its name stands for the founder -- Ingvar Kamprad -- the farm -- Elmtaryd -- and village -- Agunnaryd -- where the founder grew up. Kamprad was 17 when he founded the company.
It's known for cheaper-than-average prices, but you have to put a lot of the products together yourself. But the store also has a full restaurant with cinnamon rolls, salmon and yes, meatballs.
How does IKEA work?
If you've never been to an IKEA before, there are three main areas to know about.
There is a showroom, a marketplace and a restaurant.
The showroom has model rooms filled with furniture you can pick out. The marketplace is filled with smaller items, and is also where you grab your larger furniture.
The restaurant is where you put your feet up and take a break.
Where is the new IKEA?
The new 300,000 square-foot IKEA is in Fishers, Indiana, near I-69 and 116th Street.
That area is already a common traffic problem spot, so Fishers and the state of Indiana have made some adjustments to keep traffic moving smoothly over the coming days.
There are more traffic signals and turn lanes at 116th Street, and extra officers will be on hand to help with directing traffic.
INDOT is also planning on adding more lanes to I-69 just north of the 116th Street exit.
What's different about this IKEA?
The difference in the Fishers location and other IKEAs in the United States is both of those areas are on the same floor, with the 450-seat restaurant between them.
The Fishers IKEA is just one floor.
Just a couple things so you know what you're talking about.
The furniture has different names than you're used to. For example, that couch isn't a couch. At IKEA, it's called an EKTORP. A toilet brush is called a BAREN. And a bar stool is actually a JANINGE. Don't stress over this. It's OK if you call them couches, toilet brushes and bar stools.
The other thing to remember is to relax when shopping, especially when you're with your significant other. IKEA has a ... reputation about causing fights between couples. Seriously.
Some psychologists believe it happens because seeing the model rooms makes you think about what you want in a house, which could differ from your partner's ideas. For some people, furniture shopping is just stressful.
No matter when you make the trip to IKEA, you'll now know your way around the furniture store and cultural experience.
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