IKEA boxes up St. Louis store

December 21, 2013 by  

IKEA, the popular Swedish retailer, is going to open a new location in St. Louis.

It was revealed earlier this month that the company plans to build a store in the midtown area, with groundbreaking beginning in the summer of 2014. The building will comprise 380,000 square feet, and is to be located near I-64, on Forest Park Avenue.

The new store will sit atop a 1,250-space parking structure, and additional parking will be available in a new lot to be built on Forest Park. The store is anticipated to generate new taxes to the tune of approximately $250m.

The construction effort will create some 500 jobs and IKEA says it plans to hire as many as 300 full-time employees. The St. Louis store will be the first IKEA in Missouri, and will be a prominent location in the CORTEX research park.

The announcement is sure to be good news for St. Louis residents who have been hoping the Swedish chain would move in since September of 2012, when IKEA announced it would open a new store in the Midwest. To the disappointment of local furniture fans, IKEA located that store in Merriam, Kansas. Now, finally, St. Louis will get its own IKEA. At the moment, people who want to visit the store have a long trip, with the closest stores being near Chicago.

IKEA officials could work with brochure printers to create a mailer for area residents, giving a time line and specifications as to the positions available.