Ikea Edmonton, London crowd incident 10/02/2005

Stampede mars IKEA London opening

LONDON, England — Would-be bargain-hunters suffered heat exhaustion as a crowd of thousands forced a flagship IKEA superstore in London to close on opening night.

'Slowly but steadily, madness descended'

At one minute past midnight last night, Ikea’s new flagship store opened in north London, and managers expected that around 2,000 bargain-hunters would quietly file in. The British, after all, have a reputation for being decorous queuers.

Crush chaos at Ikea store opening

Several people were hurt in the crush as thousands flocked to the midnight opening of Ikea’s newest store.

Battle of Edmonton: chaos as 6,000 rush for bargains at Ikea opening

FOR 12 HOURS, Karyn Christian was among those who waited patiently at the head of the queue outside Ikea’s new store in north London on Wednesday, ready to snap up the amazing offers when the doors opened at midnight.

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