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EXPANDING ITS U.S. PRESENCE, SWEDISH RETAILER IKEA BREAKS GROUND ON 2ND DALLAS-FORT WORTH STORE, OPENING FALL 2017 IN GRAND PRAIRIE, TX
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GRAND PRAIRIE, TX – With company representatives, Grand Prairie Mayor Ron Jensen, local officials and community leaders on-hand, IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today officially broke ground for its second Dallas-Fort Worth-area store, slated to open Fall 2017 in Grand Prairie, Texas. Until IKEA Grand Prairie opens as the state’s fourth store, customers can shop at Collin County’s IKEA Frisco or online at IKEA-USA.com. Two other IKEA stores in Texas are located in Houston and Round Rock.

The 290,000-square-foot proposed IKEA Grand Prairie and its 1,100 parking spaces will be built on 30 acres along the eastern side of State Highway 161 and Mayfield Road, north of Interstate-20, approximately 14 miles west of downtown Dallas and 18 miles east of downtown Fort Worth. An additional 15 acres of land contiguous to the future store eventually could be developed to accommodate opportunities for ancillary commercial or retail uses. Store plans reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide. IKEA has contracted with MYCON General Contractors to build the store, and also is evaluating potential on-site power generation to complement its current U.S. renewable energy presence at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations.

“This location will help bring the unique IKEA family-friendly shopping experience closer to many Dallas-Fort Worth customers who currently may not shop at IKEA Frisco as frequently as we or they would like,” said Lars Petersson, IKEA U.S. president. “The store also will attract new customers from throughout Metroplex who value good design, good function and affordable prices, but have not had a chance yet to shop at IKEA.”

IKEA Grand Prairie 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 the more than 500 jobs that are expected to be created during the construction phase, more than 300 coworkers will join the IKEA family when the new store opens. IKEA Grand Prairie also will provide significant annual sales and property tax revenue for local governments and schools.

Candidates interested in working at this employer of choice should begin looking online this winter at IKEA-USA.com, where they can apply for diverse positions available in home furnishings sales, interior decoration, customer service, safety and security, cashiers, maintenance, goods flow, receiving, warehouse and stock replenishment. Among its total coworkers, IKEA Grand Prairie also will offer more than 60 food service opportunities in its Restaurant, Swedish Foodmarket, Café Bistro and coworker cafeteria.

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 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 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