Ikea store to be built in Kansas City area
December 21, 2012-- Casual Living,
Artist's rendering of proposed Ikea-Merriam, Kan. store.
Pending the land purchase, permits and demolition of on-site buildings, construction of the future Ikea Merriam will begin this coming summer.
Located eight miles southwest of Kansas City, Mo., the 349,000-sq.-ft. store will be built along the eastern side of Interstate-35 at the Johnson Drive exit on 18 acres to be purchased from DDR Corp. One level of parking below the store, a two-level parking structure, and spaces accessible at-grade will provide more than 1,200 parking spaces on-site. Store plans reflect the same unique architectural design for which Ikea stores are known worldwide. Ikea also is evaluating potential on-site power generation to complement its current U.S. renewable energy presence at 90% of its U.S. locations.
Ikea Merriam will feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children's play area, and a 450-seat restaurant. More than 500 jobs are expected to be created during the construction phase, and the retailer plans to hire approximately 300 employees.