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IKEA seeking 250 coworkers to join Swedish family at store opening

IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced that coworker recruitment is underway for its future Jacksonville store, opening Fall 2017 along the northwestern corner of Interstate 295 and Gate Parkway, approximately 10 miles southeast of downtown Jacksonville.  Candidates interested in working at the future IKEA Jacksonville should be monitoring and applying online at, and can find more information about IKEA at

“We are thrilled to offer jobseekers diverse positions with limitless opportunity at a global company known for being a great place to work,” said Leontyne Green Sykes, store manager.  “IKEA offers a variety of positions for different coworkers’ interests so they can enjoy their job and contribute successfully.  We believe it is as fun to work at IKEA as it is to shop at IKEA,” explained Green Sykes.

As IKEA Jacksonville progresses through the construction process, prospective coworkers can apply for the approximately 250 diverse positions available in:  home furnishings sales, interior design/visual merchandising, customer service, safety and security, cashiers, facility management, warehouse receiving, stock replenishment, and child play area supervision.  Also, setting itself apart from other retailers, IKEA Jacksonville offers approximately 50 food service opportunities in its Restaurant, Swedish Foodmarket, Exit Bistro and coworker cafeteria.  The recruitment effort is rolling, with the jobs posted online changing periodically based on timing need during the store’s build-up process.

Drawing from the company’s Swedish heritage, IKEA offers family-friendly initiatives and diverse workplace benefits including full medical/dental insurance to coworkers working 20 hours or more per week with eligibility for domestic partners and children.  Most recently, IKEA announced an expanded policy for coworkers to receive up to four months of paid parental leave.  Other benefits include:  vacation, paid maternity/paternity leave and paid time off for child adoption, tuition assistance, a bonus program, 401(k) matching, a pension plan, professional development, training and mentoring programs, free uniforms, and – of course – a discount for shopping at IKEA.

Last year, IKEA was voted by coworkers as a Great Place to Work® on the ‘Fortune 20 Best Retail Workplaces’ list, received a 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2016 Corporate Equality Index, and was listed as #3 on Forbes’ list of “Happiest Retailers to Work For.”  Previously, the company has been included in rankings of “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years.

Recruitment Underway for IKEA Store in Jacksonville, FL

The organization puts career opportunity into the hands of the individual, encouraging coworkers to consider assignments within different functions, at other IKEA stores or even in other countries.  IKEA prides itself on the fact that an opportunity at IKEA truly can evolve into a career, potentially paving the way for a global experience as well.  The company also places value and emphasis on coworkers’ personal lives and the importance of a work/life balance.


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