Four IKEA co-workers awarded trip to visit and experience the Save the Children’s Early Steps to School Success literacy program

  • IKEA U.S. Awarded Four Co-workers an IWitness Ambassador Trip to Arnoldsburg, West Virginia
  • Four IKEA co-workers were awarded an ambassador trip to witness the IKEA U.S. funded ‘Save the Children’ literacy program ‘Early Steps to School Success’

Conshohocken, PA, 2016-Mar-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA U.S. announced today that four IKEA co-workers; Spencer Saldumbide, IKEA Burbank, Kelli Bothwell, IKEA Merriam, Apollo Meza, IKEA Carson and Sarah Lawson, IKEA Centennial recently travelled to Arnoldsburg, West Virginia from March 8 – 10, 2016 to to visit and experience the Save the Children’s Early Steps to School Success literacy program funded by IKEA U.S.

The Early Steps to School Success (ESSS) program was launched in West Virginia in 2010. Now, Save the Children’s literacy program ESSS partners with eight communities in five counties serving 3,197 children. The program lays a critical foundation of language, literacy skills, social and emotional development for children from birth to age five. It includes home visits, book exchanges, parenting groups and emphasis on transition t school including equipping parents and caregivers with the skills to successfully support children’s growth.

The IKEA IWitness Ambassador Program supports improving opportunities for children and their families. Each year, IKEA U.S. co-workers travel around the world to witness first-hand what a difference our support makes in the lives of children and refugees.

In 2016, 14 IKEA U.S. co-workers will participate in three different IWitness trips: four co-workers have already travelled to rural West Virginia to visit Save the Children literacy programs funded by IKEA USA; five co-workers are traveling to Southeast Asia to visit educational programs funded by the IKEA Foundation Soft Toys for Education program; and five co-workers are traveling to rural Texas to see the most recent IKEA U.S. wind farm purchase and participate in a service project for that community.

The IWitness program is just one of many reasons why IKEA is a great place to work. IKEA US was recently listed on the 2016 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® List, which highlighted the company’s strong culture and values of humbleness, willpower, simplicity, and togetherness and enthusiasm.

About IKEA Group
The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this vision by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. There are currently 328 IKEA Group stores in 28 countries. Additionally, there are 40 IKEA stores run by franchises. There are 41 IKEA stores in the U.S. In FY 15, IKEA Group had 771 million visitors to the stores and 1.9 billion visitors to IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, please visit,, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA,,,,

About IKEA Foundation
The IKEA Foundation aims to improve opportunities for children and youth in some of the world’s poorest communities by funding holistic, long-term programs that can create substantial, lasting change. The IKEA Foundation works with strong strategic partners applying innovative approaches to achieve large-scale results in four fundamental areas of a child’s life: a place to call home; a healthy start in life; a quality education; and sustainable family income. Currently-funded programs benefit an estimated 100 million children. Learn more at and www.facebook/IKEAfoundation

Source: IKEA

Mona Astra Liss, IKEA US PR Director
610.834.0180, ext. 5852

IKEA announces plans for its third San Francisco-area store in Dublin, California


CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, 2016-Mar-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced it is submitting plans to the City of Dublin, California for the Swedish company’s third San Francisco-area store and ninth in the state. Pending approvals, construction of IKEA Dublin could begin Spring 2017, with an opening in Summer 2018. Until then, customers can shop at the Bay Area IKEA stores in Emeryville and East Palo Alto, as well as in West Sacramento – where another store is located; or online at

Located approximately 35 miles east of downtown San Francisco and 23 miles east of downtown Oakland, the 339,000-square-foot proposed IKEA Dublin and its 1,150 parking spaces would be built on 21 acres at the northwestern corner of Interstate 580 and Hacienda Drive. In addition, six acres contiguous to IKEA will be developed to accommodate 52,000 square feet of opportunities for ancillary uses such as retail, restaurant and a boutique hotel. IKEA store plans reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide. IKEA also will evaluate potential on-site power generation to complement its current U.S. renewable energy presence at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations.

“We continue to be thrilled with the reception afforded us in the Bay Area, so we are excited about submitting plans for IKEA Dublin to extend our reach further into the East Bay,” said Lars Petersson, IKEA U.S. president. “This proposed store would complement the presence in Emeryville and East Palo Alto, providing Tri-Valley customers their own store.”

IKEA Dublin would 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. In addition to the more than 500 jobs that are expected to be created during the construction phase, approximately 350 coworkers would join the IKEA family when the new store opens. IKEA Dublin also would provide significant annual sales and property tax revenue for local governments and schools.

Drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, IKEA strives to minimize its operations’ carbon emissions because reducing its environmental impact makes good business sense. IKEA evaluates locations regularly for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficient distribution. U.S. sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material; incorporating key measures into buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, warehouse skylights, and water-conserving restrooms; and operationally, eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process, phasing-out the sale of incandescent light bulbs, facilitating recycling compact fluorescent bulbs, and sells only LED bulbs. IKEA U.S. has installed electric vehicle charging stations at 13 locations, and has solar arrays at 90% of its locations.

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 380 IKEA stores in 47 countries, including 41 in the U.S. IKEA has been ranked among “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Source: IKEA


Joseph Roth, Expansion Public Affairs
(610) 834-0180, x 6500