IKEA reaches construction milestone on its future Memphis store due to open Fall 2016

MEMPHIS, TN , 2016-Aug-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced that steel framing has progressed far enough that installation of the iconic blue composite panels has begun on its future Memphis store. Installing the blue panels is a construction milestone that keeps the store on track to open Fall 2016, and it reflects the unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide.

The 271,000 square-foot future IKEA Memphis store, including approximately 800 parking spaces, is being built on 35 acres in the Wolfchase Corridor along the southwestern side of Interstate-40 near the Germantown Parkway exit. Until Fall 2016, Memphis-area customers can shop at the closest IKEA stores: Atlanta, GA; Frisco, TX; or St. Louis, MO; or online at IKEA-USA.com.

“With IKEA Memphis taking shape and the blue paneling now going up, we continue to be on track for a grand opening this Fall,” said Lars Petersson, IKEA U.S. president. “We hope to be enclosed fully within several months, and cannot wait to begin transforming the building’s interior to look like an IKEA store as well. We know there are many customers in the area who are excited for us to open, including more than 50,000 who currently are driving great distances to shop at our stores.”IKEA Memphis will feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 300-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 is evaluating potential on-site power generation to complement its current U.S. goal of a renewable energy presence at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations.

IKEA Memphis will provide annual sales and property tax revenue for local governments and schools. And – in addition to 500 jobs expected during construction – 225 coworkers will join the IKEA family when the store opens. Opportunities will be available in the spring for candidates interested in working at this employer of choice in home furnishings sales, interior decoration, customer service, safety and security, cashiers, maintenance, goods flow, receiving, warehouse and stock replenishment. Also, setting itself apart, IKEA Memphis will offer nearly 60 food service opportunities in its Restaurant, Swedish Food Market, Café Bistro and coworker cafeteria.

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 48 countries, including 41 in the U.S. IKEA has been included in rankings of “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 IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Contact:

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

Source: IKEA

Salsa-brand bikes launches at select REI stores and REI.com on fall 2016

Partnership with industry’s premier adventure bike manufacturer broadens co-op’s line of adventure touring, backcountry, and fatbikes

SEATTLE, 2016-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — REI, a national specialty outdoor retailer and the nation’s largest consumer co-op, and Salsa Cycles, bikepacking innovator and bicycle manufacturer, plan to make Salsa-brand bikes available to REI members and customers at select REI stores and REI.com starting in fall 2016.

“REI is committed to the adventure cycling segment, and partnering with Salsa was a natural progression for us,” says Ben Johns, REI general merchandising manager for cycle. “Salsa’s line-up provides our customers a broad selection of specialty mountain, touring, and fatbikes, and will be a great complement to our existing lineup.”

A selection of Salsa’s fatbikes, including the Beargrease, Mukluk, and Bucksaw, will be available in time for winter in select REI locations and online.

Additional Salsa bikepacking and adventure touring bikes, including the Cutthroat, Fargo, Marrakesh, and Vaya, and trail and backcountry models including the Redpoint, and Pony Rustler, will be available to REI customers starting in spring 2017.

Based in Minneapolis, Minn., Salsa believes a sense of adventure makes life better and encourages people to “adventure by bike.” Founded in 1982, Salsa has introduced dozens of innovative bikepacking and cycling adventure models, including the Marrakesh, a popular touring bike, the Fargo, a versatile off-road dropbar mountain bike, and the Bucksaw, a full-suspension fatbike.

“Our mission at Salsa is to keep the spirit of adventure alive in cycling. REI is the ideal retailer to help us elevate the bikepacking and touring culture,” said Justin Julian, Salsa Brand Manager. “As a specialty retailer with a deep understanding and ability to outfit people for adventure cycling, REI is the correct next move for us.”

About Salsa Cycles
Salsa Cycles is a privately owned, Minneapolis-based company that has built a reputation on exceptional bikes and related products. Salsa is dedicated to keeping the spirit of adventure alive in bicycling. Find Salsa on the web at www.salsacycles.com.

About REI
REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 6 million active members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 145 stores in 35 states. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.com, REI.com/outlet or the free REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. You can take the trip of a lifetime with REI Adventures, a global leader in active adventure travel that runs 150 custom-designed itineraries on every continent. REI’s Outdoor School is run by professionally-trained, expert-instructors who teach beginner- to advanced-level courses about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to–and steward–the outdoor places that inspire us.

For more information or to request an interview, please contact REI Public Affairs at

(253) 395-5958,
prrequests@rei.com

Source: REI