Grand Prairie City Council Approves IKEA Plans

Post Date:12/16/2015 10:23 AM

The Proposed IKEA Grand-Prairie

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA – IKEA, the world's leading home furnishings retailer, expressed its appreciation to the City Council of Grand Prairie, Texas for its unanimous approval on Dec. 15, 2015, of plans for the Swedish company’s second Dallas-Fort Worth-area store and fourth in the state. Pending remaining approvals and permits, construction of IKEA Grand Prairie could begin Fall 2016, with an opening in Fall 2017. Until then, local customers can shop at Collin County’s IKEA Frisco or online at IKEA-USA.com. The two other IKEA stores in Texas are located in Houston and Round Rock.

Located 14 miles west of downtown Dallas and 18 miles east of downtown Fort Worth, the 297,000-square-foot proposed IKEA Grand Prairie and its 1,150 parking spaces would be built on 30 acres along the eastern side of State Highway 161 and Mayfield Road, north of Interstate-20. Store plans reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide. IKEA also will evaluate potential on-site power generation to complement its current U.S. renewable energy presence at nearly 90 percent of its U.S. locations.

"IKEA is thrilled and honored at the support from Grand Prairie officials and staff in favor of our building a store in their city," said IKEA U.S. president Lars Petersson. "Opening IKEA Grand Prairie will help bring the unique shopping experience closer to many North Texas shoppers who have not yet been to our Frisco store or do not visit it frequently."

IKEA Grand Prairie would feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 350-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the Showroom, baby care rooms, play areas throughout the store, and preferred parking. In addition to the more than 500 jobs that are expected to be created during the construction phase, more than 300 coworkers would join the IKEA family when the new store opens. IKEA Grand Prairie also would provide significant annual sales and property tax revenue for local governments and schools.

Drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, IKEA strives to minimize its operations’ carbon emissions because reducing its environmental impact makes good business sense. IKEA evaluates locations regularly for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficient distribution. U.S. sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material; incorporating key measures into buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, warehouse skylights, and water-conserving restrooms; and operationally, eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process, phasing-out the sale of incandescent light bulbs, facilitating recycling compact fluorescent bulbs, and sells only LED bulbs. IKEA U.S. has installed electric vehicle charging stations at 13 locations, has solar arrays at 90% of its locations, and owns two wind farms in the U.S.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 370 IKEA stores in 47 countries, including 41 in the U.S. IKEA 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. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment.

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