10 stores we desperately need in Las Vegas

A couple weeks ago, we asked which restaurants Las Vegas needs, and got a great response. We know we’re a bit spoiled in Las Vegas when it comes to shopping, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t stores we think we’re missing out on. We asked on Facebook which stores need to break into the Las Vegas market — here’s what you had to say.


IKEA is far and away the most passionately campaigned-for store that has yet to hit the valley. Where are our insane instruction manuals and Swedish meatballs? Give the people what they want.


There used to be a Crate & Barrel in Town Square, and judging by our Facebook fans, Las Vegas needs it back. We also wouldn’t complain about a CB2, Crate & Barrel’s younger, more modern division.


Aldi, a German discount supermarket chain made up of two groups (Aldi Nord and Aldi Sud), operates about 1,400 stores in the U.S. They don’t currently have plans to expand to Las Vegas, but if you’re desperate for a taste, head to Trader Joe’s: The chain’s parent company is Aldi Nord.


WaWa is a convenience store chain located along the East Coast and a favorite of D.C.-area transplants. Those from the East Coast tout it as the best convenience store ever (and it’s a Mitt Romney favorite), but don’t get too excited. Nothing indicates the chain has any plans to move west.


Wegmans has 83 stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts and Virginia. It’s consistently ranked at or near the top of “best grocery store in the U.S.” lists and was used extensively in “The Office.”

Restoration Hardware

The furniture chain operates 87 stores and outlets in 30 states (none of which are Nevada). You’ll have to head to Los Angeles or Phoenix for your early-20th-century New York-inspired pieces.

Christmas Tree Shop

You’ve probably only been to Christmas Tree Shops if you’re originally from the Midwest or New England. They’re not actually a Christmas tree shop, but started out selling holiday gifts before moving into general decor.


Meijer is a supermarket-department store combo with stores in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. Department store trivia: The son of the founder — who later became chairman of the company — was named Fred Meijer, but had nothing to do with the similarly named Fred Meyer.


There used to be a Bloomingdale’s Home in Fashion Show mall, but 1) it closed and 2) it didn’t sell clothes. Our Facebook fans want a real Bloomingdale’s, please.


The eight Raley’s stores in the valley were converted to Food 4 Less a little more than a decade ago, but fans of the chain, which operates in California and Northern Nevada, would like to invite it back to the southern half of the state.

Contact Stephanie Grimes at sgrimes@reviewjournal.com. Find her on Twitter: @stephgrimes