IKEA Coming to Kansas City

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MERRIAM, KS (WDAF) – St. Louisans may have another option to get to an IKEA store. The Swedish furniture store will announce plans Thursday to open a store in the Kansas City area in 2014.

Many St. Louisans head to the Chicago area to purchase from IKEA stores in Schaumburg and Bolingbrook.  There are currently 38 IKEA stores in the U.S.

The Kansas City store will be built in Merriam, at the southeast corner of I-35 and Johnson Drive, at a currently vacant shopping center. The building at that location was built five years ago. Circuit City was supposed to move in, but the company went bankrupt and the building has been empty ever since. The building will be torn down and another built for the furniture and home accessories store. The location is ideal for IKEA, as it sits off the Interstate and has “great visibility,” according to an IKEA spokesperson.

IKEA is expected to break ground next summer and anticipates a fall 2014 grand opening. They expect to employ approximately 350 area residents.

The Merriam IKEA store will be the only one in Kansas. The closest IKEA stores to the Kansas City location are in Dallas, Denver, Chicago and in Minnesota’s Twin Cities.

When asked about a St. Louis location, and IKEA representative sent the following email to KTVI/KPLR:

“IKEA certainly recognizes the customer base that exists for us in the St. Louis area. 

It is both flattering and humbling to have so much interest from St. Louis-area residents – especially on the grass-roots level.

However, with only 38 stores in the U.S., we must balance our expansion among the key regions of the country – as well as to build-up our distribution network.

At this time, we have not yet committed to a timeframe for opening a store in the St. Louis area.”

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