WE ASKED: What chain do you wish came to the Magic City? Here are the top answers!

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Photo via IKEA’s Facebook page.

Birmingham has A LOT to offer, but what are we missing?

We asked the following question on the Bham Now Facebook page:

Screen Shot 2023 06 27 at 12.31.06 PM WE ASKED: What chain do you wish came to the Magic City? Here are the top answers!

And we received over 570 responses!

Keep reading to learn about the top requested chains.


To no surprise, coming in at the number one spot: IKEA Home Furnishings.

IKEA is a Scandinavian “build it yourself” furniture store. It is known for being environmentally-friendly and affordable.

They even have their own restaurant INSIDE the warehouse-like store, serving their famous Swedish meatballs!

Closest location: Atlanta, GA

2. In-N-Out Burger

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(In-N-Out Facebook page)

In a close second place: In-N-Out Burger.

In-N-Out was California’s very first drive-thru hamburger stand! Known for their famous burgers and fries, check out their “not so secret” menu for more fun menu additions.

Closest location: The Woodlands, TX

Coming Soon: Location set to open in Nashville, TN in 2026!

3. Crate & Barrel

This popular furniture store swoops in to take third: Crate & Barrel.

Originally founded in Chicago, IL, they now have over 80 stores across the country.

With trending and modern furniture, check them out for all your household needs!

Closest location: Atlanta, GA

4. Raising Cane’s

The world’s best chicken fingers coming in at number four: Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers.

Being from Louisiana, I am impatiently waiting for Cane’s to join the Magic City!

The Louisiana chain specializes in chicken, fries, and heavenly Texas toast… my mouth is already watering.

Closest location: Tuscaloosa, AL

5. Torchy’s Tacos

Tacos done Texas style taking fifth place: Torchy’s Tacos.

Torchy’s does tacos RIGHT! With fun flavors like Baja shrimp and fried chicken, they have tacos for everyone.

Compliment your tacos with their signature margaritas.

Closest location: Memphis, TN

Honorable Mentions

Y’all had A LOT of suggestions of chains that should come to town!

Here is a quick list of even MORE places we want to see:

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Julia Sager
Julia Sager
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