IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, will break ground on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, on its future Jacksonville store. The 290,000 square-foot store opens Fall 2017 on 25 acres along the northwestern corner of Interstate 295 and Gate Parkway, and will employ 250 coworkers.
In addition to nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, this future IKEA store will feature 3 model home interiors, 50 room-settings, a supervised children’s play area, and a 350-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries or salmon plates, and American dishes too. Other family-friendly features will include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the showroom, baby care rooms, play areas throughout the store, and preferred parking.
Visuals: Aerial, site plan, store rendering and IKEA products on display, and USB drives with images and b-roll of store interiors/exteriors will also be available. Program includes brief remarks by IKEA representatives, Jacksonville Mayor, City Council president, and District 11 Council member, followed by official shovel ceremony.
Mayor Lenny Curry, Councilman Danny Becton
Local officials and community leaders
Thursday, November 3, 2016 10:30 a.m. EDT
Press conference and official groundbreaking to be held at:
Site of Future IKEA Jacksonville: Exit I-295 at Gate Parkway; head west and make right onto IKEA site.
NOTE: Event will take place in large, enclosed, air-conditioned tent and is not weather-dependent.