How far would drive for a free sofa? People around the Hoosier state flocking to Fishers for that very reason Wednesday morning. It's all apart of the highly anticipated grand opening of the IKEA furniture store
The three were part of the crowd of more than 150 people who lined up at 9 a.m. Monday at the door of IKEA Fishers in hopes of scoring a free EKTORP sofa for the first 45 people or a free chair for the next 100.
Customers weren't allowed to show up earlier than the 48 hours before the opening, but many camped in their cars overnight outside Ikea's parking lot at the 116th Street exit of I-69. There was some confusion over where cars could park and what entrances were to be used, many customers said. The result meant some people who waited overnight were in line behind those who waited a few hours.
Doors open at 9 a.m. Oct.11. Regular store hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. The IKEA is located at 11400 IKEA Way, Fishers, near the 116th Street exit of I-69.
Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness, company executives and state officials are expected to give remarks at the opening but they won't get to cut ribbons for the cameras. Log-sawing, rather than ribbon-cutting, is part of the Ikea tradition.