Photos: More Than A Thousand People Lined Up Outside Of The New Giant IKEA Store In Burbank
Today is the magical day upon which a 456,000-square-foot IKEA opens in Burbank, replacing Burbank's pre-existing IKEA to become the largest IKEA store in the nation. The old IKEA will become an apartment complex.
Curbed LA was liveblogging the opening, which has attracted some 1,500 people, according to the Daily News. However, only the first 26 people received a free sofa, while the subsequent 100 each received a free chair. The first 2,500 people will get a gift card to use at the store's 600-seat restaurant.
People were allowed to begin lining up at 6 a.m., three hours prior to the 9 a.m. grand opening. At about 8:30 a.m. this morning, officials including Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes sawed a log in half—the Swedish equivalent of cutting a ribbon.
Aerial shots revealed a scene that looked sort of like when someone in The Walking Dead makes a big noise and attracts all the zombies, who form a gnashing herd. How will Daryl Dixon get outta this one?
Some people are really excited about this.
Though IKEA is Swedish, there was the singing of patriotic songs, for some reason.
There were balloons!
There was face painting!
You could also get breakfast for $2!