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An Ikea store going up in Fishers, Ind., is on schedule for its fall 2017 opening. Early birds might expect gifts like those at the Swedish furniture company’s Burbank, Calif., opening: free sofas, armchairs and gift cards.
Dwight Adams / IndyStar

Ikea officials said the opening of its Fishers store is on schedule for the fall, and if it’s anything like the first day at a California store this week it, it should resemble Black Friday with a smorgasbord of freebies thrown in.

More than 1,000 people waited in line for the opening Wednesday of Ikea’s Burbank, Calif., store, its largest in the United States. The shoppers hoped to nab the 26 free sofas that went to the first in line and 100 armchairs to the next 100.

But when anxious customers queued up earlier than 6 a.m., as instructed, and mucked up the line order, the Burbank cops were called to sort things out, according to the Los Angeles Times. That forced Ikea to hold a lottery for the gifts.

Still, Ikea employees greeted the shoppers by slapping together yellow and black thunder sticks and the Burbank mayor helped saw a log, a store tradition.

The company also gave out food gift cards valued up to $250 to the first 2,500 customers and 10 gift cards worth $1,000 each to customers with a family card.

Ikea spokesman Joseph Roth said it was likely customers at the Fishers Ikea opening will see some of the same festivities.

“It is common at our openings that we do something for customers in line,” Roth said. “Typically, by the time the doors open there are several hundred to several thousand people waiting to get in.”

Roth said construction of the 289,000-square-foot furniture store at I-69 and 116th Street is on time and it should open in fall, though an exact month is not known.

“We will soon be enclosing the building and putting the roof on,” Roth said. “After that will come the doors and the windows and then the work indoors, such as electrical, over the summer.”

The one-story store will be much smaller than Burbank’s, which is 456,000 square feet, but still equal the size of five football fields, not including a 1,000 space parking lot.

Fishers and Ikea officials maintain the traffic the store brings won’t snarl rush hour traffic on I-69 or 116th Street. The store opens at 10 a.m., after the morning rush hour, and its busiest hours are in the afternoon, before the evening rush hour. Delivery trucks, about six to nine a day, will be limited to late night and early morning.

The most customers visit Ikea from 2 until 4 p.m. Saturdays, Roth said.

Two other large businesses are also planned for the intersection — a Topgolf and a culinary campus. Topgolf is scheduled to open in the fall. No timeline is set for the culinary center.

In an effort to keep traffic manageable, the Fishers City Council last year passed an ordinance that restricts the size retail stores that can be built on 116th Street and 106th Street near I-69. Councilors said they wanted to encourage more office buildings.

Mayor Scott Fadness said he didn’t want the area to become a corridor dominated by so-called big box stores..

“I don’t believe big boxes will be viable for Fishers’ future and I don’t think that is what our residents want,” Fadness said.

Call IndyStar reporter John Tuohy at 317 444-6418 and follow on Twitter@john_tuohy.