IKEA is to home furnishings what Macca's and its duplicates are to food. You know what you are going to get before you enter the store, but your anticipation levels are still high.
We happen to live about five minute's drive from where the store is sited - on a sheep paddock, but isn't all of Canberra? - and we have even put off visiting the Tempe store over the past few months, knowing that we were getting our own IKEA.
Why is this temple of soft furnishings worthy of cult status? It's not as if owning something from IKEA is rare. It's not as if anything in the store is particularly eye-catching or a must-have piece. What it offers is reasonably / cheaply priced stuff that if you choose wisely will look good in any home and be useful.
We bought towels and tea-towels, candles, Christmas wrapping paper, a strainer, a trivet and a few other bits. All are available in many other stores, but do not have the cute Swedish names.
For information: there is no mobile phone service in the store.
May I add this was the first visit to IKEA in many years where I have not bought washing-up brushes. For some reason that was always my go-to item, but I still have new brushes I bought about a year ago.
Does it matter that a new store opened down the road in a week when people have lost their lives in dreadful random attacks? No. But if you can get your stuff sorted, you're in a much better place.