IKEA begins demolition on the site where it will construct new, larger store in Burbank, CA

BURBANK, CA, 2015-3-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today began demolishing 19 buildings totaling 455,000 square-feet on the site where it will construct a new, larger store in Burbank, CA, less than one mile away from the company’s oldest store in the Western United States. Razing the buildings will make room for construction of the planned new Burbank store. Until the new, roomier store opens on the new site, customers can continue to shop at the existing IKEA Burbank. (Other nearby IKEA stores are in: Carson, Costa Mesa and Covina.)

The current 242,000-square-foot IKEA Burbank, the first IKEA store in California and sixth in the U.S., opened November 1990 on 6.4 acres along I-5 at San Fernando Boulevard. The future 456,000-square-foot store and its more than 1,700 convenient parking spaces will be built on 22 acres west of San Fernando Boulevard and south of Providencia Avenue, providing customers with improved accessibility. IKEA has contracted with VCC Construction to build the store and plans reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide. Just as the existing Burbank store has a solar photovoltaic array atop its roof, IKEA hopes to install a similar solar energy system as part of the relocated store.

“We are thrilled by the progress represented by this demolition milestone as we prepare to construct our new version of IKEA Burbank,” said Rob Olson, IKEA US CFO. “With nearly 25 years operating in Burbank, we look forward to many more years at this new location where we can offer many of our Southern California customers an updated, spacious and enhanced IKEA shopping experience.”

Actual store construction likely will commence this fall after completion of the demolition and site preparation. Additionally, reflecting the company’s commitment to sustainability, IKEA is working to recycle, repurpose or salvage as much of the existing buildings’ equipment, materials, and parts as possible.

The new, more spacious IKEA Burbank will feature a larger quantity of the nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a larger restaurant for serving Swedish specialties. Other family-friendly features include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the showroom, baby-care rooms, preferred parking and play areas throughout the store. IKEA also now offers a product picking and delivery service, and an IKEA Family loyalty program. In addition to the nearly 400 Burbank coworkers already part of the global IKEA family, IKEA will generate even more annual sales and property tax revenue for the City and local schools.

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 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

IKEA submits final plans to the City of Joliet, IL that would advance the development of its previously approved Midwestern distribution center

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, 2015-2-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced it is submitting final plans to the City of Joliet, IL that would advance the development of its previously approved Midwestern distribution center. The Swedish company received initial governmental approvals from the City and purchased the land in 2007, in anticipation of an expanded retail presence in the Midwest. City approval of these updated plans would pave the way for proceeding with a building permit application. It is anticipated that construction on the facility could begin as early as this Fall, 2015, with its being fully operational in Summer 2017.

Planned on 72 acres at the Laraway Crossings Business Park in Joliet, IL, 48 miles southwest of Chicago, the approximately 1.4-million-square-foot distribution center would serve the inventory needs of at least 10 IKEA stores throughout the Midwestern U.S., as well as customer fulfillment. Goods received by the Joliet facility will reflect the nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items currently sold at all IKEA stores worldwide.

With more than 1,300 suppliers in 54 countries, IKEA globally transports products to its stores through regional distribution centers. This Midwestern warehouse will complement the current distribution network comprised of two distribution centers on the west coast and three on the east. Its central location will allow goods to be received at coastal ports from both Asia and Europe and then transported inland to the Joliet facility. The facility’s proximity to a nearby railroad intermodal will provide additional long-term transportation options too. Operating this distribution center will eliminate 5,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually, with even more reductions expected via intermodal solutions.

“We have known for some time now that Joliet was the perfect location for our distribution hub in the Midwest, so we are pleased our Midwestern presence has grown to the point where we need this terminal to be up and running in 2017,” said IKEA U.S. CFO Rob Olson. “We appreciate the City of Joliet’s cooperation and patience that allowed us to plan long-term and reach this point today.”

In terms of contributing to the local economy, this project will result in construction-related jobs and positions at the distribution center, in addition to property tax revenue generated for local governments and schools. 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.

This project represents the fourth significant investment by IKEA in the state of Illinois. Besides the future Joliet distribution center, there are two IKEA stores in the Chicagoland area, one each in Bolingbrook and Schaumburg. And, last year, IKEA announced it was purchasing a 49-turbine wind farm in Hoopeston, IL that is on track to be operational this spring.

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., where there also are 5 operating distribution centers. 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.

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

IKEA plans to open its second Ohio store in Columbus by Summer 2017

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, 2015-1-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, todayannounced it is submitting plans to the City of Columbus, Ohio for a store that would increasethe Swedish retailer’s presence in the Midwestern United States as its second store in thestate. The application marks the beginning of the governmental approval process. Until thestore opens in Summer 2017, customers can shop at the closest IKEA stores in: WestChester, OH; Pittsburgh, PA; and Canton, MI; or online at IKEA-USA.com.

Located in the Polaris Centers of Commerce development, approximately 15 milesnorth of downtown Columbus, the 354,000-square-foot proposed IKEA store and its 1,200parking spaces would be built on 33 acres at the northeastern corner of Interstate-71 andGemini Place. Store plans reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA storesare known worldwide. IKEA also will evaluate potential on-site power generation tocomplement its current U.S. renewable energy presence at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations.

“We look forward to continue growing our Midwestern U.S. presence with IKEAColumbus,” said IKEA U.S. CEO Rob Olson. “This location in such a vibrant retail corridorwould provide our already 155,000 Columbus customers their own store and introduce theunique IKEA shopping experience to other consumers throughout Central Ohio and beyond.”

IKEA Columbus would feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area,and a 450-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberriesand 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 createdduring the construction phase, approximately 300 coworkers would join the IKEA family whenthe new store opens. IKEA Columbus also would provide significant annual sales andproperty tax revenue for local governments and schools.

IKEA, drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, believes it can be agood business while doing good business and aims to minimize impacts on the environment.IKEA evaluates locations regularly for conservation opportunities, integrates innovativematerials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goodsfor 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; andoperationally, eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process, phasing-out the sale ofincandescent light bulbs, facilitating recycling compact fluorescent bulbs, and by 2016 sellingonly LED bulbs. IKEA U.S. has electric vehicle charging stations at 13 stores, solar arraysatop 90% of its locations, and plans for 104 wind turbines.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good designand function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currentlymore 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 annuallist 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 benefitchildren 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

IKEA plans for a possible store in the City of Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, 2014-12-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today proposed plans for a possible store in the City of Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee that could increase the Swedish retailer’s presence in the Southeastern United States as its first store in the state. The potential store could open as early as Fall 2016 and is contingent upon receiving all governmental approvals. Memphis-area customers currently can shop at the closest IKEA stores in: Atlanta, GA and Frisco, TX; or online at IKEA-USA.com. Also, a St. Louis IKEA store is under construction and expected to open next Fall, 2015.

Proposed for a location in the Wolfchase corridor, 15 miles east of downtown Memphis, the 269,000-square-foot possible IKEA store and more than 1,000 parking spaces could be built on 35 acres along the southwestern side of Interstate-40 near Germantown Parkway exit. Potential store plans would reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide. IKEA also would evaluate potential on-site power generation to complement its current renewable energy presence at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations.

“We are excited at the possibility of growing our southeastern U.S. presence with a potential Memphis store,” said IKEA U.S. CFO Rob Olson. “This proposed location in such a vibrant retail corridor could provide our already 37,000 Memphis-area customers their own store and introduce the unique IKEA shopping experience to other consumers throughout western Tennessee, northeastern Arkansas, Northwestern Mississippi, and beyond.”

The proposed IKEA Memphis would 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 would 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 could be created duringthe construction phase, approximately 225 co-workers could join the IKEA family as a result of opening the potential store. An IKEA Memphis store also could provide significant annual sales tax revenue for local governments and schools.

IKEA, drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, believes it can be a good business while doing good business and aims to minimize impacts on the environment. 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 by 2016 selling only LED bulbs. IKEA U.S. has solar arrays atop 90% of its locations, has announced plans to purchase 49 wind turbines in Illinois, and has rolled-out EV charging stations at 13 stores.

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 46 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, @IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, or IKEAUSA on Facebook, Youtube, Instagram and Pinterest.

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IKEA progresses on the construction of its future St. Louis store

ST. LOUIS, MO, 2014-12-11 — /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 St. Louis store. Installation of the blue panels is a construction milestone that ensures the store will open Fall 2015, and reflects the unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide.

The 380,000 square-foot future IKEA St. Louis store, with 1,300 parking spaces, is being built on 21 acres along Interstate-64 at Vandeventer Avenue, and will open Fall 2015 in the City’s Cortex Innovation District. Until then, 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.

“With the IKEA St. Louis’ structure significantly formed and blue paneling now going up, we definitely are on track for a grand opening next fall,” said Rob Olson, IKEA U.S. CFO. “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 101,000 who currently are driving great distances to shop at our stores.”

IKEA St. Louis will feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50inspirational 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 500 jobs expected during construction, 300 coworkers will join the IKEA family when the store opens. IKEA St. Louis also will provide annual sales and property tax revenue for local governments and schools.

In the spring, opportunities will be available 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 St. Louis will offer nearly 70 food service opportunities in its Restaurant, Swedish Food Market, Café Bistro and coworker cafeteria. Department management positions will be available in early 2015. IKEA is working closely with the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment(SLATE). Interested candidates can be notified when jobs are posted by contacting SLATE and requesting to be updated on opportunities as they develop.

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 46 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.

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IKEA US to thank its over 14,000 co-workers twice this holiday season

IKEA contributes $2530 into every US full time co-worker’s Tack Retirement Fund – And also gives an UP™ Activity-Tracking Wristband

Conshohocken, PA, 2014-12-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Over 14,000 IKEA co-workers found out this week that IKEA is thanking them twice this holiday season. For full time co-workers, a $2530* contribution has been made into their Tack retirement fund, and additionally each co-worker received an UP™ Activity-Tracking Wristband. It’s a double holiday surprise; one for a healthier today and the other for a better prepared tomorrow.

“We are now celebrating the first annual Tack allocation to our co-workers’ retirement fund. Tack – was inspired by founder, Ingvar Kamprad, who wanted to share the success of the IKEA Group with all IKEA co-workers. We believe that no matter what position our co-workers might have, each and every one is important and contributes to our continued growth,” commented Rob Olson, acting IKEA President and CFO. “And the Up activity-tracking wristband was our US thank you gift to help co-workers be fit today for a healthy tomorrow,” added Olson.

Last December, IKEA announced they were creating a new program called ‘Tack’ – Swedish for “thank you.” This program is designed to show appreciation and gratitude for co-workers’ loyalty and contribution to the success of IKEA with an annual contribution to an individual retirement plan – assuming that pre-agreed global targets are reached.

Tack started with an initial funding from the IKEA Group of $124 million ** (€100 million). For FY 14, the IKEA Group also invested an additional $124 million, which brings the current investment total to $248 million (€ 200 million).

Tack and the performance driven One IKEA Bonus program cover all IKEA Group co-workers. Together with the base salary, they form a strong compensation offer. In addition to Tack, IKEA offers an employer-matched contribution to a 401(k) plan; IKEA matches 100% of the first 4% of co-workers’ salary contributed, and 50% of the next 2%. And in January, IKEA US will implement a new minimum hourly wage structure, which will result in hourly increases for over 50 % of IKEA US co-workers.

The UP™ activity-tracking wristband is a system, wristband, and iPhone® app that tracks how you sleep, move and eat so you can know yourself better, make smarter choices, and feel your best. IKEA US has also gifted its coworkers in the past holiday seasons with a new bike, soda stream and other gifts throughout the years.

*The total Tack! funding is divided between all IKEA Group countries, based on each country’s proportion of the total salary and wages. For each completed full financial year of employment, an individual amount will be set aside for each co-worker as an allocation. After the completion of three consecutive financial years of employment the co-worker is qualified to receive the allocations as a contribution to the pension plan.

** Euro to dollar conversion 12/2 = $1.24 to euro

About IKEA
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. The IKEA Group currently has 315 stores in 27 countries. There are 40 IKEA stores in the United States. In FY14, the IKEA Group had 716 million visitors to the stores and 1.5 billion visitors to IKEA.com. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, visit IKEA-USA.com, facebook.com/IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA, http://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/, www.youtube.com/IKEAUSA, www.theshare-space.com, www.theshare-space.com/en/Blog

Contact: Mona Astra Liss ~ IKEA US Corporate PR Director
Mona.Liss@IKEA.com ~ 610.834.0180, ext. 5852

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The IKEA Group purchased its 2nd wind farm in the U.S. from Apex Clean Energy: 165-megawatt wind farm in Cameron County, Texas

165 MW Cameron Wind Farm in Texas is Single Largest IKEA Renewable Energy Investment Globally

Conshohocken, PA, 2014-11-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — The IKEA Group announced today that it has purchased its second wind farm in the United States from Apex Clean Energy: a 165-megawatt wind farm in Cameron County, Texas. This represents the single largest renewable energy investment made by the IKEA Group globally to date. The wind farm will contribute significantly to the IKEA Group 2020 goal of producing as much renewable energy as the total energy the company consumes globally. The Cameron Wind farm is expected to be fully operational in late 2015.

Earlier this year IKEA Group announced its first U.S. wind farm purchase located in Hoopeston, Illinois. The Cameron Wind farm will be more than one-and-a-half times the size of the Hoopeston project. Together, the IKEA Hoopeston and Cameron wind farms are expected to generate nearly 1,000 gigawatt hours of electricity per year, which is equivalent to the average annual electricity consumption of around 90,000 American households. 1

“IKEA believes that the climate challenge requires bold commitment and action,” says Rob Olson, IKEA US Acting President and CFO. “We invest in renewable energy to become more sustainable as a business and also because it makes good business sense. And as a home furnishings retailer with sustainability in our roots, we are committed to providing products and solutions that help our customers be more sustainable in their everyday lives.”

IKEA Group has now committed to own and operate 279 wind turbines in nine countries, and will invest a total of $1.9 billion2 in wind and solar power up to the end of 2015. IKEA has also taken steps to further the development of a low-carbon economy by supporting key initiatives including the People’s Climate March, UN Climate Summit, RE100, and the Climate Declaration.

Mark Kenber, CEO of the non-profit organization The Climate Group, said: “IKEA was one of the first major companies to recognize that tackling climate change makes good business sense. IKEA has set commendable renewable energy targets for its own company, and its actions are positively influencing business practices and the energy market. It has played an instrumental role in setting up ‘RE100’, The Climate Group’s global initiative to support businesses in switching to 100% renewable power.”

IKEA renewable energy investments in the U.S. to date now include: 104 wind turbines located on wind farms in Hoopeston and Cameron; 165,000 solar panels installed on 90% of IKEA buildings across the U.S., providing an additional 38 megawatts installed capacity; and geothermal integrated into the heating and cooling systems of two U.S. store locations, in Centennial, Colorado, and Merriam, Kansas.

Cameron Wind is located in a particularly favorable wind area in the south of Texas, which is the leading state in the U.S. for wind energy production. The wind farm will be fully owned by the IKEA Group and will be constructed and managed by renewable energy company Apex Clean Energy. The project will use 55 Acciona 3-megawatt turbines.

“Apex is excited to partner with IKEA once again to bring clean, renewable energy from wind to market in the U.S.,” added Apex President, Mark Goodwin. “Both companies understand that this abundant resource is great for the planet, great for our business and great for our shared future.”

1Calculated using the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s ‘Average Residential Monthly Bill by Census Division and State’: http://www.eia.gov/electricity/sales_revenue_price/html/table5_a.html
2Calculated at 11/17/14 exchange rate (€1=$1.25). IKEA Group made the €1.5 billion commitment in 2009.

About IKEA
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. The IKEA Group currently has 315 stores in 27 countries. There are 40 IKEA stores in the United States. In FY14, the IKEA Group had 716 million visitors to the stores and 1.5 billion visitors to IKEA.com. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, visit IKEA-USA.com, facebook.com/IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA, http://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/, www.youtube.com/IKEAUSA, www.theshare-space.com, www.theshare-space.com/en/Blog

About Apex Clean Energy
Apex Clean Energy is an independent renewable energy company based in Charlottesville, VA. Since its founding in 2009, Apex has become one of the fastest-growing companies in the industry. In 2012, Apex completed the 300 MW Canadian Hills wind energy project. The company currently has 265 MW of new renewable energy facilities under construction and an additional 750 MW contracted and scheduled for completion in 2015. Apex also has a diversified portfolio of wind energy facilities in development around the country and owns several operating solar PV assets. The company’s management team comprises experts from throughout the industry whose collective prior experience includes the development, financing, construction and operation of over $10 billion in wind and solar energy facilities now operating in the United States.

Contact: Mona Astra Liss ~ IKEA US Corporate PR Director
Mona.Liss@IKEA.com ~ 610.834.0180, ext. 5852

IKEA advances on the construction of its St. Louis store due to open in 2015

ST. LOUIS, MO, 2014-10-27— /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced that steel erection is underway as part of the construction of its future St. Louis store opening next fall, 2015. Erection of structural steel atop the existing precast concrete parking structure helps frame the shape of the building and supports the roofing and siding components to be installed later in the process.

The 380,000 square-foot future IKEA St. Louis store, is being built on 21 acres along Interstate-64 at Vandeventer Avenue, and 1,300 parking spaces, will open Fall 2015 in the City’s Cortex Innovation District. Until then, 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.

“It is exciting to see the steel frame of an IKEA store take shape. So we are very pleased that the construction progress keeps us on track to open our St. Louis store next fall,” said Rob Olson, IKEA U.S. CFO. “We know that IKEA St. Louis will meet the home furnishings needs of customers from eastern Missouri and beyond who have not had an IKEA store close enough to allow for frequent visits. We are glad construction is going smoothly on our plans to bring IKEA to more of the Midwest.”

IKEA St. Louis 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. In addition to 500 jobs expected during construction, 300 coworkers will join the IKEA family when the store opens. IKEA St. Louis also will provide annual sales and property tax revenue for local governments and schools. St. Louis’ S. M. Wilson & Co. is building the store, whose plans reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA is known worldwide.

In the spring, opportunities will be available 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 St. Louis will offer nearly 70 food service opportunities in its Restaurant, Swedish Food Market, Café Bistro and coworker cafeteria. Interested candidates should be monitoring IKEA-USA.com, and also can contact the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) to be informed of opportunities as they develop.

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 46 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.

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IKEA advances on the construction of its St. Louis store due to open in 2015

IKEA advances on the construction of its St. Louis store due to open in 2015