A stay at home Mum who doesn't stay at home much; too many exciting things to be discovering in this city...
Published May 8th 2012
Springvale IKEA opened in September last year and quite frankly I was practically buzzing with the excitement of it all (I don't get out so much these days). Living in the south east 'burbs of Melbourne, the slog up to Richmond IKEA was very tiresome and the whole leaving your trolley at the top of the car park, whilst you go back down and get your car exercise was the biggest pain in the butt.
The displays at Springvale IKEA do not disappoint www.ikea.com/au
So it was with great expectations that I took myself off to the new store the first weekend it opened (leaving hubby and son to their own devices so I could bask in the freedom of the experience). The Springvale store is the largest IKEA in the Southern Hemisphere and is located in a huge homemaker centre on Westall Road in Springvale. Other stores in the complex include big name retailers like Harvey Norman, Domayne, JB HiFi and Babyco.
As you would imagine, that first weekend was absolutely heaving with humanity and just finding a parking space was a bit traumatic. However, having been back 2 or 3 times since, parking has been a total breeze and the whole IKEA experience has been stress free. The store is set out as you would imagine, replicating other IKEA stores with plenty of lovely little displays to nosey around in. After wandering through the displays which are on the upper floor, you reach the restaurant. Now I've always thought IKEA food was a bit over rated but it's so damn cheap that you can't go and not eat something. The best things about the restaurant in this store are that a) it's so huge you can always find a table, b) it's right by Children's IKEA so you can let your little one have a play whilst hubby queues up for the food and c) there never seems to be a big queue so you don't waste time standing around.
Leaving the restaurant, you head downstairs to the market hall and then the self serve furniture aisles. The Springvale IKEA store also has a Bargain Corner where items are drastically reduced because they're slightly damaged or have some other defect. Once past the tills, you can get your hands on the obligatory one dollar hot dog, or pay a mere 50c for a soft serve ice-cream.
Springvale IKEA has surpassed my expectations. No annoying system for loading up your car, a huge restaurant, easy peasy parking, plenty of space for kids to play in Children's IKEA (there's also a play area where you can drop little ones off and they can play whilst you shop, but our littlie isn't old enough for that yet), helpful staff (we had to take an item back and they were very accommodating) and tons of great products in an area that's just the right size so that you don't feel like you're doing a marathon whilst you shop.
Go and check it out for yourself but be sure to leave me some of the delicious hash browns they serve with breakfast.
For information on store and restaurant opening hours, click here.