Many of the material things we desire are found in shopping malls or stores. It’s often said that people will do anything to obtain what they want. A recent event in Italy has exemplified this.
A determined woman, known as Monika, left onlookers astonished as she crossed a busy Italian highway in pursuit of the IKEA store.
A great soundtrack for a viral moment
In a TikTok video, Monika walks gracefully on a grassy path near a busy highway, while a captivating soundtrack with lyrics like “Never back down, never what? Never give up,” plays in the background. Her destination is the famous blue and yellow store.
However, her journey raised an intriguing question in the comments section: why are IKEA stores often situated near highways, seemingly making them inaccessible by foot?
“IKEA is always next to highways”
“The comments on the video started pouring in quickly:”BUT WHY IS IT LIKE THIS AT EVERY IKEA?” exclaimed a bewildered user. “It’s a common theme, IKEA is always next to highways,” added another.
The answer to this conundrum lies in the sheer size of these Swedish megastores. A standard IKEA establishment occupies a staggering 300,000 square feet, roughly the size of five football fields. This makes it ideal for such a massive retail entity to be located outside urban centers, often adjacent to major highways.
The largest IKEA store, situated in California, spans an astounding 456,000 square feet. Inside this retail colossus, you’ll discover over 50 meticulously designed room settings and a sprawling 600-seat restaurant.
Is there anything you are not willing to do in order to get your IKEA meatball?
However, for many users, the adventure of reaching the IKEA store is well worth the effort. Numerous commentators expressed their fondness for the delightful offerings, particularly the company’s famous Swedish meatballs. “Behold the lengths we go for IKEA meatballs,” mused user @tangofalafel. According to the Daily Mail, IKEA manages to sell over a billion meatballs globally each year, a testament to their universal appeal.
People are also drawn to IKEA for its budget-friendly furniture and home accessories. Nevertheless, the challenge of lugging hefty purchases back home on foot leaves some wondering about the logistics.
A curious person asked, “What could you possibly need from IKEA to justify walking there?” The responses were even wilder than Monika’s adventure, proving that IKEA has a loyal following.