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IKEA to open new store in Columbus, Ohio

Published 01 June 2017

International home furnishing retailer IKEA will open a new store in Columbus, Ohio on 7 June 2017.

Other highlights include a free mattress for the first 44 adults on Thursday, June 8 and Swedish Food shopping spree for the first 44 on Friday, June 9. Customers may begin lining up at 9 a.m. EDT on Monday, June 5 – 48 hours before the store’s opening at 9 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 7. Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor, Columbus City Council President Pro Tem Priscilla Tyson, Deputy Chief of Mission for the Swedish Embassy Göran Lithell, IKEA U.S. president Lars Petersson and store manager David Garcia will officially open the store.

IKEA Columbus is the Swedish company’s second store and restaurant destination in Ohio, 44th in the United States, and 397th worldwide. (The state’s first IKEA store opened in Cincinnati-area West Chester in 2008.) The 354,000 square-foot future IKEA Columbus store, with 1,100 parking spaces, was built on 33 acres at the northeastern corner of Interstate-71 and Gemini Place in the Polaris Centers of Commerce.

The store reflects the unique architectural design for which IKEA is known worldwide, and includes one of Ohio’s largest rooftop solar arrays – consistent with the solar presence at 90% of U.S. IKEA locations – as well as three electric vehicle charging stations.

The June 7 ceremony also will include Delaware County Commission President Jeff Benton raising the U.S. flag, Honorary Swedish Consul General for Malou Monago raising the Swedish flag and Westerville Mayor Kathy Cocuzzi raising the state flag of Ohio. Individual store coworkers will sing the respective American and Swedish national anthems, and “America the Beautiful” prior to the opening remarks.

Entertainment for customers waiting in line will begin at 6 a.m. EDT on opening day. “Just as the IKEA store concept will introduce a new way of shopping for the home, we want customers waiting in line to visit our store to enjoy the unique experience too,” said David Garcia, IKEA Columbus store manager. Store visitors will have opportunities to enjoy benefits from the grand opening of IKEA Columbus, including:

Source: Company Press Release