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Ikea continues U.S. expansion with new Ohio store


Columbus, Ohio -- Ikea announced that it is submitting plans to the City of Columbus, Ohio, for a store that would increase the Swedish furniture retailer’s Ohio presence to two stores. The newest store, located in the Polaris Centers of Commerce development about 15 miles north of downtown Columbus, is slated to open summer 2017.

The 354,000-sq.-ft. proposed Ikea store and its 1,200 parking spaces would be built on 33 acres at the northeastern corner of Interstate-71 and Gemini Place. For this latest store, Ikea will evaluate potential on-site power generation to complement its current U.S. renewable energy presence at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations.

“We look forward to continue growing our Midwestern U.S. presence with Ikea Columbus,” said Ikea U.S. CFO Rob Olson. “This location in such a vibrant retail corridor would provide our already 155,000 Columbus customers their own store and introduce the unique Ikea shopping experience to other consumers throughout Central Ohio and beyond.”

If approved, Ikea Columbus will feature a 450-seat restaurant, 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 would join the Ikea family when the new store opens.

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