The crowd started showing up early Monday for the new Ikea, very early. It was 2 a.m. when the first person got in line. More than a dozen people were there by noon. And the store doesn’t open until Wednesday. But Ikea is giving prizes — a free couch to the first 46 adults in line, a free chair to the next 100.
Company officials said that if previous experience is any indication, hundreds of people, perhaps thousands will be there when the doors open at 9 a.m. Wednesday. The live entertainment, including a band, is scheduled to start at 6 a.m.
The store at Gate Parkway and Interstate 295 is the chain’s 46th in the United States and fifth in Florida.
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