MERRIAM, KS, 2014-5-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced it has begun the coworker recruitment process for its future Kansas City-area store, opening Fall 2014 at the intersection of I-35 and Johnson Drive in Merriam, KS. Candidates interested in working at the future IKEA Merriam should look online (IKEA-USA.com) for all available positions. Candidates without access to a computer are encouraged to visit a local library for online computer access.
“We are thrilled to offer interested jobseekers diverse positions with limitless opportunity at a global company,” said Rob Parsons, store manager of the future IKEA Merriam. “At IKEA, we recognize that our coworkers appreciate being able to do the things in life that bring success and happiness. It also is as fun to work at IKEA as it is to shop at IKEA.”
As IKEA Merriam progresses through the construction process, a variety of positions are open to local residents. Prospective coworkers can apply for the nearly 300 diverse positions as postings are available in: home furnishings sales, interior design, customer service, safety and security, cashier, facility management, receiving, stock replenishment and warehouse. Also, setting itself apart from other local retailers, IKEA Merriam will offer approximately 60 food service opportunities in its Restaurant, Swedish Foodmarket, Café Bistro and coworker cafeteria.
Previously named in FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, Working Mother magazine’s annual list of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” and Training magazine’s annual “Top 100” ranking of companies that excel at human capital development, IKEA places value and emphasis on coworkers’ personal lives and the importance of a work/life balance.
Drawing from the company’s Swedish heritage, IKEA is committed to a flexible workplace that provides opportunities to people from all life situations. If a coworker needs to take time off to find a nursing home for an aging parent, to be home with children or have flexible scheduling to best juggle caring for a newborn, one can do so without worrying about risking one’s career.
IKEA offers family-friendly initiatives and diverse workplace benefits including full medical/dental insurance to coworkers working 20 hours or more per week with eligibility for domestic partners and children. Other benefits include: vacation, paid maternity/paternity leave and paid time off for child adoption, tuition assistance, a bonus program, 401(k) matching, a pension plan, professional development, training and mentoring programs, free uniforms, and – of course – a discount on IKEA purchases. The organization puts career opportunity into the hands of the individual, encouraging coworkers to consider assignments within different functions, at other IKEA stores or even in other countries. IKEA prides itself on the fact that an opportunity at IKEA truly can evolve into a career, and potentially can pave the way for a global experience as well.
Under construction on 18.4 acres in Merriam, KS, the 359,000-square-foot future IKEA Merriam and its approximately 1,200 parking spaces is located along the eastern side of Interstate-35 and Johnson Drive, eight miles southwest of Kansas City, Missouri. The store will feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 450-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the Showroom, baby care rooms, play areas throughout the store, and preferred parking. IKEA Merriam also represents the region’s largest geothermal project, consistent with the IKEA renewable energy presence at its 90% of its U.S. locations.
Also, IKEA will generate significant tax revenue for state and local governments. When IKEA Merriam opens in Fall 2014, the new store will welcome the newly hired 300 coworkers to the IKEA family of more than 13,000 in the United States and 139,000 globally. Until IKEA Merriam opens, customers can shop at the closest IKEA stores in Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, or Texas, or online at IKEA-USA.com.
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function, at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 350 IKEA stores in 44 countries, including 38 in the U.S. IKEA has been ranked in FORTUNE’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, Working Mother magazine’s annual list of “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” and Training magazine’s annual “Top 100.” IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @DesignByIKEA or IKEAUSA on facebook, youtube, instagram and pinterest.
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