OK, you naysayers who scoffed at the very idea of Ikea coming to Duluth.
Who do we think we are, anyway — Bloomington?
Well, we’ll actually give you this one. Even a developer of the Pier B project — an ambitious plan to transform the LaFarge cement terminal site west of Duluth’s Bayfront Park into a mixed-use development — says there’s no way Ikea is coming to Duluth.
“We haven’t talked to them” admits Sandy Hoff.
So why was an Ikea store included in an artist’s rendering of the development’s retail concourse shown on the front page of the News Tribune on Wednesday?
Call it artistic license. John Cook, the artist who drew up the picturesque images of what could be had been inspired by the Scandinavian theme of the retail area that would be connected to a rotunda where the Leif Erikson Viking ship would be displayed. Since Ikea got its start Sweden, he included it in the rendering.
“There’s probably not enough room for them, anyway,” says Hoff of the popular chain of modern-style Scandinavian furniture and accessories.