Contractors are expected to start work later this month on the IKEA store planned for the Kansas City area.
The Swedish home furnishings retailer has hired JE Dunn Construction, a Kansas City, Mo. company, to oversee construction on the store, scheduled to open in fall 2014.
“We are excited that plans continue to be on track to open IKEA Merriam as our Kansas City-area store,” said Mike Ward, IKEA US president.
The new store will be located about 200 miles south of Omaha and eight miles southwest of Kansas City, Mo., reducing travel time for IKEA- bound Omaha residents.
The property is now occupied by a vacant shopping center, which is slated for demolition later this month. The actual groundbreaking is expected to occur some time this summer, the retailer said.
IKEA is predicting that the new 359,000 square-foot store will draw thousands of shoppers not only from the Kansas City area, but Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Plans for the store include a 450-seat restaurant, three model home interiors, a supervised children's play area and 1,200 parking spaces. IKEA is working with Heartland Habitat for Humanity and other groups to recycle and salvage as much of the existing shopping center's equipment and materials as possible.
For store placement, IKEA typically looks for metropolitan areas with at least 2 million people. The privately-held company, which operates 341 stores in 41 countries including 38 U.S. stores, reported worldwide sales of $32 billion in fiscal year 2012.