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EXPANDING IN MIDWEST, SWEDISH RETAILER IKEA BREAKS GROUND ON FUTURE KANSAS CITY-AREA STORE, OPENING FALL 2014 IN MERRIAM, KS
07/09/2013 12:00 AM
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MERRIAM, KS – With company representatives, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, Merriam Mayor Ken Sissom, local officials and community leaders on-hand, IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today officially broke ground for its future Kansas City-area store that is slated to open Fall 2014 in Merriam, Kansas. Until the store opens, customers can shop at the closest IKEA stores in Centennial, CO; Frisco, TX; Bloomington, MN; Bolingbrook, IL; or Schaumburg, IL; or online at IKEA-USA.com.

The 359,000 square-foot future IKEA Merriam, and 1,200 parking spaces, will bebuilt in the city of Merriam, KS on 18.4 acres along the eastern side of Interstate-35 andJohnson Drive, eight miles southwest of Kansas City, Missouri. Store plans reflect thesame unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide, and project management will be handled by Kansas City-based JE Dunn Construction. IKEA also will evaluate potential on-site power generation to complement its current U.S. goal of renewable energy presence at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations.

“This location will help bring the unique IKEA family-friendly shopping experiencecloser to many Kansas City-area customers who currently can only shop at IKEA storeselsewhere or online. The store also will attract new customers from Kansas, Missouri andbeyond who value good design, good function and affordable prices, but have not yet had the chance to shop at an IKEA store,” said Mike Ward, IKEA U.S. president.“Additionally, in these uncertain economic times, we are proud to be making such asizeable investment that will create jobs and tax revenue for the local community.”

IKEA Merriam will feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s playarea, and a 450-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs withlingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes. Other family-friendlyfeatures include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the Showroom, baby care rooms, play areasthroughout the store, and preferred parking. In addition to the more than 500 jobs thatare expected to be created during the construction phase, approximately 300 coworkerswill join the IKEA family when the new store opens. IKEA Merriam also will providesignificant annual sales and property tax revenue for local governments and schools.

Candidates interested in working at this employer of choice should begin lookingonline this fall at IKEA-USA.com, to apply for diverse positions available in homefurnishings sales, interior decoration, customer service, safety and security, cashiers,maintenance, goods flow, receiving, warehouse and stock replenishment. Also, settingitself apart, IKEA Merriam will offer approximately 60 food service opportunities in itsRestaurant, Swedish Foodmarket, Café Bistro and coworker cafeteria.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of gooddesign and function, at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There arecurrently more than 340 IKEA stores in 41 countries, including 38 in the U.S. IKEA hasbeen ranked in FORTUNE’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, WorkingMother 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, visit IKEA-USA.com, facebook.com/IKEAUSA, @DesignByIKEA, andhttp://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/.