With an Autumn 2015 opening date in mind, Ikea has announced that it submitted store plans to the City of St. Louis in an action intended to increase the Swedish retailer’s presence in the midwestern United States. The application initiates a governmental approval process that advances Ikea’s expansion program in the U.S., where it operates 38 stores currently.
The Ikea locations that are most convenient to St. Louis residents now are in the Chicago area communities of Bolingbrook and Schaumburg. A Kansas City area store in Merriam, KS, is under construction with opening scheduled for Fall 2014. Consumers in St. Louis and elsewhere also can shop the retailer’s product line at ikea-usa.com.
Slated for the heart of midtown St. Louis, the proposed 380,000-square-foot Ikea store would occupy the northern flank of Interstate-64 near the Vandeventer Avenue exit, the company related. On completion, the store would occupy about 21 acres purchased in the Cortex Innovation District, a technology community created to commercialize the benefits of university and corporate research conducted in the St. Louis area, Ikea asserted.
The retailer noted that it intends to provide one level of parking below the store as well as spaces accessible at-grade. The combined space should render approximately 1,250 on-site parking spaces, Ikea maintained. The retailer added that it would evaluate potential on-site power generation to complement a current U.S. renewable energy presence that covers nearly 90% of Ikea locations across the country.
In another of the company’s earth-friendly initiatives, Ikea announced that it has plugged-in four Blink electric vehicle charging stations at its Atlanta store as part of a partnership with Car Charging Group, Inc., new owner of the Blink Network and Blink charging stations. Car Charging Group is the largest provider of EV charging services. It operates more than 13,430 charging points in 35 states and three countries, Ikea pointed out.