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SWEDISH HOME FURNISHINGS RETAILER IKEA SECURES CONTRACTORS FOR KANSAS CITY-AREA STORE SLATED TO OPEN FALL 2014 IN MERRIAM, KS
Fri Jun 14 04:00:00 UTC 2013
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CONSHOHOCKEN, PA – IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced that contractors are hired for its planned Kansas City-area store in Merriam, KS. Pending remaining approvals, this progress allows the project to continue on track for demolition later this month, a groundbreaking in a couple of months and a store opening in Fall 2014, increasing the Swedish retailer’s presence in the Midwestern United states. 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.

IKEA has chosen JE Dunn Construction to serve as Construction Manager for the store, parking structure and site development. One of the ten largest general building contractors in the country, JE Dunn was founded in Kansas City, Missouri in 1924 and has a strong commitment to sustainability. Other Kansas City-area firms involved with this IKEA projectinclude: Shafer, Kline & Warren, Inc., civil engineer; Professional Services Industries, geotechnical services as well as testing and inspection services; Lathrop & Gage, local land use counsel; Duggan, Shadwick, Doerr & Kurlbaum, real estate transaction counsel; real estate brokerage RH Johnson Company, site selection support; and DDR Corp. for selling theland. Atlanta-based GreenbergFarrow is the project architect. IKEA also is working with Heartland Habitat for Humanity and other local organizations to recycle and salvage as much of the existing building’s equipment, materials, and parts as possible.

“We are excited that plans continue to be on track to open IKEA Merriam as our Kansas City-area store,” said Mike Ward, IKEA US president. “This store would provide a more conveniently located IKEA shopping experience for current and potential customers from Kansas, Missouri and beyond, and strengthen the IKEA presence already established in the Midwestern US by stores in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Texas.”

Plans for IKEA Merriam 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, preferred parking and play areas throughout the store. In addition to the more than 500 jobs that are expected to be created during the construction phase, approximately 300 coworkers would join the IKEA family when the new store opens. IKEA Merriam also would provide significant annual sales and property tax revenue for local governments and schools.

The 359,000 square-foot IKEA Merriam, and its 1,200 parking spaces, is planned for 19 acres in the city of Merriam along the eastern side of Interstate-35 and Johnson Drive, located eight miles southwest of Kansas City, Missouri. Store plans reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide. 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.

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 340 IKEA stores in 41 countries, including 38 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 benefitchildren and the environment. For more information, see IKEA-USA.com,facebook.com/IKEAUSA, @DesignByIKEA, and http://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/.
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