Jacksonville, Fla. — IKEA has officially broken ground on its fifth Florida store. Until the future IKEA Jacksonville opens in fall 2017, customers can shop at IKEA Orlando and IKEA Tampa. Two other IKEA stores are located in the South Florida cities of Sunrise and Sweetwater.
The 290,000-square-foot IKEA store and its 950 parking spaces will be built on 25 acres approximately 10 miles southeast of downtown Jacksonville. IKEA has contracted with Marcobay Construction, Inc. to build the project. In addition, IKEA will evaluate potential on-site power generation to complement its current U.S. goal of a renewable energy presence at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations.
“This location will help bring the unique IKEA family-friendly shopping experience closer to many Jacksonville-area customers who currently can only shop at IKEA stores elsewhere or online,” says Lars Petersson, IKEA U.S. president. “The store also will attract new customers from North Florida and Southern Georgia who have not had a chance yet to shop at IKEA.”
IKEA Jacksonville will feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 325-seat restaurant.
IKEA was founded in 1943 in Sweden. There are currently more than 380 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 42 in the U.S. For more information, visit IKEA-USA.com.