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Ikea to push furniture delivery company out of business

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Ben Westcott

Michael Serne and Loyzek Cervek have made a business out of delivering Ikea products.

Michael Serne and Loyzek Cervek have made a business out of delivering Ikea products. Photo: Stuart Walmsley

While the debate rages over whether the arrival of flat-pack firm Ikea in the ACT will cost local jobs, there are two men who will lose work no matter what. 

Bring It Home owners Loyzek Cervek and Michael Serne have been bringing furniture back to the ACT from Ikea stores in Sydney for more than five years.

Mr Cervek said they began the business as a part-time hobby on the side of their full-time jobs, transporting flat-pack furniture for needy Canberrans.

Although they always knew they'd be pushed out of business one day, they thought they would have a bit more time.

"They always had this policy of a certain population level before they opened a store," he said.

"What we originally heard was their population level was a million people, so we thought we had a lot of time up our sleeve – more than we needed.

"So we were quite surprised when they came, but there were always rumours and we knew it was inevitable."

Mr Cervek said neither he nor his co-owner were worried about the business closing and it had been a lot of fun while it lasted, giving them something to look forward to every month.

"Heaps of people have been happy with our service. We've had excellent feedback and people were always happy to see us. So we will be sad to see it go but it wasn't something we expected to do forever," he said.

Mr Serne said they had become quite close with Ikea management and, as such, had heard rumours for a couple of years that something might be in the works.

They had been thinking about opening a little shop front, but that will not happen now.

"You're running your own little business, it's going well – we've both got full-time jobs, but it's a little sad something like that is coming to an end," he said.

"We might discuss with [Ikea] if we can help in another way. Otherwise we'll have to have a big closing down party."

6 comments

  • Why not start up a delivery service in Canberra once IKEA opens and deliver for all of the people who don't have a car and trailer or a ute or van. Think of all the students and others that don't have cars who would be IKEA customers but can't get furniture delivered and assembled - seems like there would be a huge market.

    Commenter
    DrewG
    Location
    Canberra
    Date and time
    May 19, 2014, 10:25AM
    • I think Ikea have that covered too - maybe cover the Wagga/Yass/Braidwood/Goulburn/Young/Coota circuit?

      Commenter
      Llama Farma
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      May 19, 2014, 10:52AM
      • Glad that IKEA is coming to Canberra. In the past I have had 3 consignments delivered with two of them requiring replacement of items due to the damage in shipment. Left such a bad taste that for the last two years whenever I purchase form IKEA I pack up the family in the car (with trailer for larger items) and pick up myself. Minor inconvenience for the certainty that what I buy is in the same condition when I get home

        Commenter
        Kymba
        Location
        Canberra
        Date and time
        May 19, 2014, 11:15AM
        • I agree. I woild use them!

          Commenter
          Karen
          Date and time
          May 19, 2014, 11:31AM
          • Yes, but what about the many who will be employed by Ikea ? in the current climate I think that will be welcome.

            Commenter
            elsabah
            Date and time
            May 19, 2014, 2:56PM
            • have you seen how much Ikea charge to deliver from the sydney store? it was cheaper for us to hire a van and drive up there and back ourselves from 100km away. Its never was their business concept to deliver their products its only in recent years they've introduced some options. I'm sure the guys will still be in business because the store will draw in people from the south coast too

              Commenter
              nic60
              Date and time
              May 19, 2014, 3:04PM
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