Fishers store to save local IKEA fans a drive to Ohio

This photo taken Wednesday, June 3, 2015, shows an IKEA store in Miami. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

CINCINNATI (WISH) — Ninety-eight miles. A nearly two-hour trip across state lines.

That’s what it takes to get from Indianapolis to the closest IKEA.

In a couple years, it’s a trip Coco Cuffie and Kim Morse won’t be making anymore.

“Yay!” Cuffie exclaimed. “We were jumping on the interstate this morning. We heard the breaking news that we’re gonna get one in the Fishers area. That’ll make it totally easier to do what we’re trying to do.”

They’re two friends from north Indianapolis, both in the process of moving.

They didn’t shop online. They didn’t stay in the neighborhood. They headed to IKEA.

“They’ve got good pricing,” Cuffie said.

“Very unique items,” Morse said of the selection.

The Ohio store offers two floors of furniture, including home appliances, decorations and electronics. IKEA’s showroom displays room designs aimed at inspiring shoppers.

Employees also set up workspaces for people shopping for the office.

For shoppers who get hungry, the store has two restaurants and dining areas. One upstairs, one downstairs.

But it’s not the food that keeps Cuffie and Morse coming back.

Cuffie’s hoping to save some gas when the new IKEA opens.

She says it takes a full tank to get here and back.

“And you might spend that in traffic in Fishers once we get it,” she joked.

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