IKEA ground breaking slated for April 9

Swedish furniture retailer IKEA has set a date for the ground breaking of its southwest Las Vegas store.

The company will officially kick off construction of its 351,000-square-foot store on April 9. Dignitaries scheduled to attend include Gov. Brian Sandoval, Clark County commissioners Susan Brager and Steve Sisolak, and Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance CEO Tom Skancke.

The store, located along the southern portion of the 215 Beltway at Durango Drive, will contain nearly 10,000 products exclusive to IKEA. It will also have 50 “inspirational” room settings, three model-home interiors, a supervised children’s play area and a 450-seat restaurant serving Swedish dishes such as salmon plates and meatballs with lingonberries.

The store will also have a “Children’s IKEA” area, baby-care rooms and preferred parking among its 1,300 parking slots.

IKEA officials also plan to look at the potential for on-site renewable power generation, which they said they have at nearly 90 percent of the company’s U.S. stores.

The store is scheduled to open in summer 2016.

IKEA flirted off and on for much of the last decade with entering the local market, but didn’t make its move until last summer, when it announced the city had reached the retailer’s internal watermark of 2 million residents. It closed in December on the purchase of its 26 acres for $21.3 million, or roughly $819,000 an acre — a price that set a local post-recession high for large, commercial land deals.

The closest IKEA stores to the market are in Covina, Calif.; Tempe, Ariz.; and Draper, Utah.

IKEA said construction will create 500 contracting jobs. The store will open with 300 permanent employees.

IKEA has 360 stores in 47 countries, including 40 in the United States.

Contact Jennifer Robison at jrobison@reviewjournal.com. Find her on Twitter: @J_Robison1.

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