Tomorrow, Ikea plans to break ground on a Kansas City-area store in the town of Merriam, KS, it announced. The retailer declared that it has scheduled the new 359,000 square-foot store for a Fall 2014 opening.
The new Ikea location will cover 19 acres along the eastern side of Interstate-35 and Johnson Drive in Merriam, KS, the retailer related. It will become Ikea’s 40th store in the United States, employing 300 workers.
Ikea stated that, in addition to almost 10,000 SKUs, the future store will feature three model home interiors, 50 room sets and a supervised children’s play area. The store also will provide a children’s department on the sales floor, baby care rooms, play areas and preferred parking. A 450-seat restaurant will serve Swedish specialties including meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates that the retailer typically offers in its stores, as well as American dishes.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, Merriam Mayor Ken Sissom, other public officials and community leaders will join Ikea representatives for the groundbreaking, the retailer noted.