Opening of Ikea’s “design studio” at Devonshire Mall

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Ikea, welcome to Windsor.

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The popular Swedish home store opened an outpost in Windsor on Thursday, introducing customers to its location in the Devonshire Mall focused on design and online ordering.

“We are very happy to be back,” said Sandra Remetic, the store manager – or in Ikea parlance, merchant.”

“It’s a design studio, so we’re here to make the headaches go away: walk into the store and we can design it for you, or make it at home and bring it and we can help you sprinkle ‘is’ and cross the ‘t’.

It’s about ordering for you, relieving you of this headache

The store, which currently employs eight people, is relatively small but looks familiar thanks to Ikea-style kitchens, closets, bathrooms and home offices. There is no in-store shopping. Instead, customers can ask for help designing or ordering Ikea home components.

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Ikea Design Studio opens at Devonshire Mall on Thursday, March 24, 2022. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star

Ikea is well known for its affordable and modern home designs, including cabinet and closet organization. But Remetic said ordering the components online to assemble them at home can be tricky, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the Ikea system or the finishes your fixtures might need. The nearest large-scale Ikea stores in Canada are also a long drive from Windsor.

“It’s about ordering for you, getting that headache off your back,” Remetic said, adding that appointments are recommended to ensure one-on-one help. “Not everyone knows about kicks and deco strips and fillers, that’s a lot, so our experts are here to help and give ideas.

“We do the little extras. We’ve checked three times and know what you’re looking for.

  1. Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens, left, Stefan Sjostrand, President of IKEA Canada, and Rudy Irish, center, Interim IKEA Director, joined staff and customers for the official opening of the outlet. IKEA pick-up and order at 4115 Walker Road on Monday, April 4, 2016.

    Ikea’s new pick-up and order center opens in Windsor

  2. AFP/Getty Images

    IKEA will close its pick-up store in Windsor at the end of the month

  3. IKEA Canada President Stefan Sjostrand, left, hugs Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens during a press conference Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015 at Willistead Manor in Windsor, Ont.  IKEA Canada has announced that it has secured a location on Walker Road for a pick-up and order point.

    Windsor’s potential numbers look good for IKEA

The opening comes just over two years after Ikea’s former business in Windsor, a shipping pick-up location, closed in February 2020. The business is delighted to be back in Windsor, said Remetic, and they think Windsor is also excited.

“We had people knocking (on windows) while we were under construction. Everyone is very excited.

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Constance Weldon with her granddaughter Lilly Weldon, 2, and Barb Stevenson, check out the new Ikea design studio at Devonshire Mall on Thursday March 24, 2022.
Constance Weldon with her granddaughter Lilly Weldon, 2, and Barb Stevenson, check out the new Ikea design studio at Devonshire Mall on Thursday March 24, 2022. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star

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