HUNDREDS of people lined up two hours before the doors of IKEA opened at 9am to get their first glimpse of the Swedish homewares’ second Queensland store.
The large crowds were matched at an earlier opening of Kmart inside Westfield North Lakes’ new mall extension.
At IKEA, Barbara Rainey and her daughter Tamara Honeyman, of Redcliffe, were the first in the line, along with Lesley-Ann Rosenberg, who travelled more than 60km from the Sunshine Coast to check out the displays.
“I just love IKEA,” Mrs Rainey said. “I want to look for a small table and chairs, and just look at everything they have.”
Her daughter was on the hunt for “crockery, cushions and knick-knacks for the house”.
When store manager Stefano Bizzarri opened the store to the hundreds of waiting shoppers, he noted how long people on the northside of Brisbane had waited for this day.
"This (the crowd and turn out) is beyond my expectations,” Mr Bizzarri said.
Shoppers not only turned out for IKEA, but Kmart, Lush and a children’s store had big lines before the doors opened.
Courtney Paikea and baby sister Mila Livingstone, of Bald Hills, were close to the front of the line waiting for Queensland-based children’s clothing store Lacey Lane.
They have been big fans of the brand and previously bought online but wanted the opportunity to visit a physical store.
Interior designer Shaynna Blaze drew a large crowd later in the day for her colour workshop, with Westfield and IKEA expecting the large crowds to continue into late night shopping tonight, this weekend and in the lead-up to Christmas.