IKEA begins the coworker recruitment process for its future St. Louis store, opening Fall 2015

ST. LOUIS, MO, 2015-5-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced it has begun the coworker recruitment process for its future St. Louis store, opening Fall 2015 along Interstate 64 at the intersection of Vandeventer and Forest Park Avenues in the Cortex Innovation District. Candidates interested in working at the future IKEA St. Louis should apply online at IKEA-USA.com. Candidates without computer access are encouraged to visit the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) at 1520 Market Street, 3rd Floor.

“We are thrilled to offer interested jobseekers diverse positions with limitless opportunity at a global company,” said John Achillea, store manager of the future IKEA St. Louis. “At IKEA, we offer a variety of positions for different coworkers’ interests so they can 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 St. Louis 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 now 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 St. Louis 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 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 at IKEA.

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 an opportunity at IKEA truly can evolve into a career, potentially paving the way for a global experience as well.

Under construction on 21 acres in the City’s Cortex Innovation District, the 380,000-square-foot future IKEA St. Louis and its approximately 1,300 parking spaces is located along Interstate-64 at the intersection of Forest Park and Vandeventer Avenues. 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 also will be installing Missouri’s largest rooftop solar array, 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 St. Louis opens in Fall 2015, the new store will welcome the newly hired 300 coworkers to the IKEA family of more than 14,000 in the United States and 147,000 globally. Until IKEA St. Louis opens, customers can shop at the closest IKEA stores: Chicago-area IKEA Bolingbrook and IKEA Schaumburg; the Kansas City-area store in Merriam, KS; 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 360 IKEA stores in 47 countries, including 40 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, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, Youtube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Contact: Joseph Roth, Expansion Public Affairs
(610) 834-0180, x6500