IKEA completes solar panel installation atop its future Memphis store, opening late Fall 2016

MEMPHIS, TN, 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today (09/14/2016) announced that solar panel installation is complete atop its Memphis store opening late Fall 2016. Once commissioned, the project will be the largest solar rooftop array in Tennessee.

The store’s 250,675-square-foot solar array consists of a 1.46 MW system, built with 4,424 panels that will produce approximately 2,000,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store, the equivalent of reducing 1,406 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) – equal to the emissions of 297 cars or providing electricity for 205 homes yearly (calculating clean energy equivalents at www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator).

For the development, design and installation of IKEA Memphis’ customized solar power system, IKEA selected Hannah Solar, an Atlanta-based full service, certified solar integrator dedicated to providing the very best in engineering, products, installation and servicing of solar arrays. Linkous Construction is managing the site work and building of the store that will reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide.“Installing the solar panels is another exciting and sustainable step in the progress towards opening the future IKEA Memphis,” said Trisha Bevering, store manager. “IKEA strives to create a sustainable life for communities where we operate, and IKEA Memphis is adding to this goal with Tennessee’s largest rooftop solar array.”

This array represents the 44th solar project for IKEA in the U.S, contributing to the IKEA solar presence atop nearly 90% of its U.S. locations, with a total generation goal of more than 40 MW. IKEA owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings – as opposed to a solar lease or PPA (power purchase agreement) – and globally allocated $2.5 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2020, reinforcing its confidence and investment in solar photovoltaic technology. Consistent with the goal of being energy independent by 2020, IKEA has installed more than 700,000 solar panels on buildings across the world and owns approximately 300 wind turbines, including 104 in the U.S.

IKEA, drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, believes it can do good business while minimizing impacts on the environment. Globally, 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. Specific U.S. sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material; incorporating environmental measures into the actual buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, skylights in warehouse areas, and water-conserving restrooms; and operationally, eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process, and selling only LED bulbs. IKEA has installed electric vehicle charging stations at 14 stores, with more locations planned.

Under construction on 35 acres in the Wolfchase Corridor along the southwestern side of Interstate-40 near Germantown Parkway, the 271,000 square-foot future IKEA Memphis, and its approximately 800 parking spaces, will open late Fall 2016. Until then, Memphis-area customers can shop at IKEA stores: Atlanta, GA; Frisco, TX; or St. Louis, MO; 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 380 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 42 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 IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Contact:
Joseph Roth
Property Public Affairs
(610) 834-0180, ext. 6500

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IKEA announces coworker recruitment for its future Memphis store opening late Fall 2016

MEMPHIS, TN, 2016-Aug-17 — /EPR Retail News/ —  IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced the coworker recruitment is underway for its future Memphis store, opening late Fall 2016 along the southwestern side of Interstate-40 near the Germantown Parkway exit. Candidates interested in working at the future IKEA Memphis should apply online at IKEA-USA.com. Candidates without computer access are encouraged to visit the Workforce Investment Network (WIN) at their downtown Career Center on 480 Beale Street or either of the Shelby County satellite locations on 3040 Walnut Grove Road or 4240 Hickory Hill Road.

“We are thrilled to offer interested jobseekers diverse positions with limitless opportunity at a global company known for being a great place to work,” said Trisha Bevering, store manager. “IKEA offers a variety of positions for different coworkers’ interests so they can enjoy their job and contribute successfully. We believe it is as fun to work at IKEA as it is to shop at IKEA,” explained Bevering.

As IKEA Memphis progresses through the construction process, a variety of positions are open to local residents. Prospective coworkers can apply for the approximately 200 diverse positions available in: home furnishings sales, interior design/visual merchandising, customer service, safety and security, cashiers, facility management, warehouse receiving, stock replenishment, and child play area supervision. Also, setting itself apart from other retailers, IKEA Memphis offers approximately 40 food service opportunities in its Restaurant, Swedish Foodmarket, Exit Bistro and coworker cafeteria.

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 for shopping at IKEA.

This year, IKEA was voted by coworkers as a Great Place to Work® on the ‘Fortune 20 Best Retail Workplaces’ list, received a 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2016 Corporate Equality Index, and was listed as #3 on Forbes’ list of “Happiest Retailers to Work For.” Previously, the company 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 BEGINS RECRUITMENT FOR MEMPHIS STORE
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. The company also places value and emphasis on coworkers’ personal lives and the importance of a work/life balance.

Under construction on 35 acres in the Wolfchase Corridor of Shelby County, the 271,000-square-foot future IKEA Memphis and its approximately 800 parking spaces is being built along the southwestern side of Interstate-40 near the Germantown Parkway exit. IKEA also will be installing Tennessee’s largest rooftop solar array, consistent with the IKEA renewable energy presence at its 90% of its U.S. locations.

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 250-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 will generate significant tax revenue for state and local governments. When IKEA Memphis opens in late Fall 2016, the new store will welcome the newly hired 200 coworkers to the IKEA family of more than 14,000 in the United States and 155,000 globally. Until IKEA Memphis opens, customers can shop at the closest IKEA stores in: Atlanta, GA; Frisco, TX; or St. Louis, MO; 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 380 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 42 in the U.S. 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.

Press Contact Information:

USA CORPORATE PUBLIC RELATIONS
Mona Astra Liss
1-610-834-0180 x 5852

USA PRODUCT PUBLIC RELATIONS
Janice Simonsen
1-610-834-0180 x 6349

USA EXPANSION
Joseph Roth
1-610-834-0180 x 6500Source: IKEA