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Miami-Bound IKEA Sets Sweetwater Sojourn

Thursday August 23rd, 2012 - 12:12PM


IKEA is submitting plans for a Miami-Dade market store in the City of Sweetwater, FL. The store will be the company’s second in South Florida and fourth in the state.

Pending regulatory approvals, construction could begin as early as Spring 2013, with the store opening to follow as early as Fall 2014.

The new IKEA location will occupy 14.6 acres west of Miami International Airport at the intersection of the Dolphin Expressway and Florida Turnpike, adjacent to the Dolphin Mall. Plans call for the 417,000-square-foot IKEA Miami to rise above two levels of parking totaling 1,500 spaces. Store architecture reflects the unique design that defines IKEA worldwide, the company stated. In line with the company’s environmental initiatives, it will evaluate solar generation potential for the proposed store. If incorporated, solar power at the Miami store would complement the company’s renewable energy presence of 89% of its locations in the United States.

 “We are thrilled with the reception afforded IKEA since entering the state nearly five years ago, so we are excited to submit plans for IKEA Miami where we can grow our Florida and southeastern U.S. reach,” said Mike Ward, IKEA U.S. president. “This proposed store would complement our South Florida presence established in Sunrise and bring the unique family-friendly shopping experience closer to existing and new Miami-Dade customers.”