IKEA breaks ground at the Kansas City store location, which will open in fall 2014.
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.
The 359,000 square-foot future IKEA Merriam, and 1,200 parking spaces, will be built in the city of Merriam, KS on 18.4 acres along the eastern side of Interstate-35 and Johnson Drive, eight miles southwest of Kansas City, Missouri. Store plans reflect the same 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 experience closer to many Kansas City-area customers who currently can only shop at IKEA stores elsewhere or online. The store also will attract new customers from Kansas, Missouri and beyond 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 a sizeable investment that will create jobs and tax revenue for the local community.”
IKEA Merriam 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, approximately 300 coworkers will join the IKEA family when the new store opens. IKEA Merriam also will provide significant annual sales and property tax revenue for Kansas City area governments and schools.