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[National]  IKEA BREAKS GROUND ON FUTURE MIAMI-DADE STORE, OPENING SUMMER 2014
SWEETWATER, FL – With company representatives, local officials and community leaderson-hand, IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today officially broke ground forits future Miami-Dade store that is slated to open Summer 2014 in Sweetwater, Florida. UntilIKEA Miami opens as the 2nd IKEA store in South Florida and fourth in the Sunshine state,customers can shop at Broward County’s IKEA Sunrise or online at IKEA-USA.com. (Twoother Florida IKEA stores are located in Orlando and Tampa.)

The 416,000 square-foot future IKEA Miami, and 1,500 parking spaces, will be built inthe City of Sweetwater on 14.6 acres adjacent to the Dolphin Mall at the intersection of theDolphin Expressway (SR 836) and Florida’s Turnpike. IKEA has contracted with BalfourBeatty Construction to oversee the project, and store plans reflect the unique architecturaldesign for which IKEA stores are known worldwide. IKEA also will evaluate solar generationpotential for this store to complement the presence of renewable energy generation at nearly90% of its current U.S. locations.

“This location will help bring the unique IKEA family-friendly shopping experiencecloser to our many South Florida customers who live in Miami-Dade and are currentlyshopping at IKEA Sunrise. The store also will attract new Miami-Dade customers who valuegood design, good function and affordable prices, but have not yet had a chance to shop atan IKEA store,” said Mike Ward, IKEA US president. “Additionally, in these uncertaineconomic times, we are excited to be making such a sizeable investment that will create jobsand tax revenue for the local community.”

IKEA Miami will feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirationalroom-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 600-seatrestaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmonplates, 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 preferredparking. In addition to the more than 750 jobs that are expected to be created during theconstruction phase, approximately 350 coworkers would join the IKEA family when the newstore opens. IKEA Miami also will generate significant annual sales and property tax revenuefor local governments and schools.

Candidates interested in working at this employer of choice should look online at IKEAUSA.com, where they will be able to apply for diverse positions available in home furnishingssales, interior decoration, customer service, safety and security, cashiers, maintenance,goods flow, receiving, warehouse and stock replenishment. Also, setting itself apart, IKEAMiami will offer approximately 70 food service opportunities in its Restaurant, SwedishFoodmarket, Café Bistro and coworker cafeteria.

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 340 IKEA stores in 41 countries, including 38 in the U.S. IKEA has been ranked inFORTUNE’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,facebook.com/IKEAUSA, @DesignByIKEA, and http://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/.# #department.
IKEA recalls RUND handmade glass mug
IKEA kindly asks customers who have a RUND glass mug to immediately stop using the mug and bring it back to any IKEA store for full refund.