Ikea will join Costco in North Lakes in the second half of this year, with construction set to begin this week on the monolithic Swedish furniture store.

The North Lakes Times reports that the new store will sit next to Westfield North Lakes, and will be similar in size to the one in Logan.

Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland told The North Lakes Times that Ikea’s second Queensland store would provide a boost to the region, and would encourage shoppers to travel from the greater Brisbane region and the Sunshine Coast.

Ikea Australia country manager David Hood told The North Lakes Times that the 29,000sq m store would offer the full “Ikea shopping experience”, including 12,000sq m dedicated to the furniture showroom and market hall, and a restaurant capable of seating 450 people.

“It is an exciting time for Ikea and our Queensland customers,” Mr Hood said.

“The new store means that the people of Brisbane and surrounding areas will have access to well-designed home furnishings at affordable prices — particularly for those living in the Moreton Bay region and Sunshine Coast.”

The North Lakes store is expected to employ 250 people.

Last month, Dr Ramani Durvasula — a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at California State University — made headlines by declaring a trip to Ikea could be the ultimate test of a relationship.

Dr Durvasula told The Wall Street Journal that a trip to the notoriously labyrinthine store “literally becomes a map of a relationship nightmare”, and said watching couples at Ikea is like watching “psychology porn”.

“Ikea is like a labyrinthe for a relationship,” Dr Durvasula said. “You’ll see one person putting stuff in the cart and the other taking it out. I see arguments in there all the time. You see it escalate and escalate and people storming off.”

Dr Durvasula has started asking couples to assemble Ikea furniture together as a counselling tool for couples.

“We’re just happy to be part of the process,” responded Janice Simonsen, a US spokeswoman for Ikea.

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