attention kjaty shoppers...
IKEA announces second Houston-area outpost and design 'point' in booming 'burb
Houston IKEA fans, time to pjarty. Local homeowners and apartment dwellers alike will have cause for celebration over the announcement that IKEA is opening a second option for Houston-area residents.
Many are already familiar with the massive showcase store on I-10, famous for its maze through potential home looks and a cafe serving Swedish meatballs. So many Saturdays have been spent buying Billy bookcases and Ektorp sofas and the occasional oversized plush shark.
Those who need a little less overstimulation will want to check out the new IKEA Plan and Order store (IKEA dubs it a “point"), coming to Katy next year. It will occupy 5,500 square feet in the LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch shopping center at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd,., Suite G130.
Alas, the ubiquitous Billy bookcase will not be available at the Katy "point" storePhoto courtesy of IKEA USA
Unlike the current IKEA store, this point doesn't have items available for purchase and take home. But, it does offer customers the opportunity to make appointments with IKEA designers, who can walk them through bedroom, living room, and kitchen designs, and help them place orders.
Additionally, those who need (or want) a little more hands-off approach can order online as they do now, but head over to the new spot to collect their lamps and cabinets and bed frames.
Rather than a typical storefront, the Katy La Centerra point will allow shoppers to meet with IKEA designers to craft their ideal bedroom, living, dining room, or kitchen.Photo courtesy of IKEA USA
“Our commitment to expanding the IKEA experience is unwavering and Katy is a strategic next step in our journey,” said Javier Quiñones, CEO & Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA U.S., in a press release. “We believe in bringing the magic of IKEA closer to our customers to better meet their needs, both in-store and digitally, with newer, more accessible store formats.”
The Katy spot IKEA Point and Order joins stores in Arlington, Virginia and Arcadia and Long Beach, California. Another Point and Order is scheduled to open this fall in Gaithersburg, Maryland.