Saturday, November 26, 2005

Local retailers affected by Ikea

One week after Ikea's grand opening, everything along Stockwell Drive during the week appeared to be back to normal. Representatives from most companies along the retail road were breathing a sigh of relief, thankful to have customers filling their stores once again.
Over the Veterans Day holiday, tens of thousands of customers waited along Rte. 24, Central Street and Rte. 139 to get near the Swedish megastore. Ikea's neighboring businesses found customers turning around and leaving rather than waiting hours in traffic. Countless dollars in sales were lost, many employees were late for work because of traffic and at some stores, management found themselves sending staff home in order to meet payroll amidst lower revenues.
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