Swedish retailer IKEA hires contractors for Milwaukee-area store in US


Home furnishings retailer IKEA has secured contractors to build its future Milwaukee-area store in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, US.

Even though site work is awaiting certain permits, the company has reported that the work will begin shortly, with the store scheduled to open next June.

Pepper Construction has been chosen as construction manager for the IKEA Oak Creek site work and store development project.

Operating as a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm, Pepper Construction has been associated with IKEA, constructing several stores over the years, including those that are underway in Columbus, Ohio, and Fishers, Indiana.

“This Milwaukee-area store will provide a more convenient IKEA shopping experience for current and potential customers throughout Wisconsin, complementing our growing Midwestern US presence.”

Other firms contracted for the site work include real estate brokerage CBRE for site selection support; Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren for local land use counsel; GRAEF for civil engineering; WD Partners for architecture, structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing design; Stantec for environmental services; and GreenbergFarrow for development services.

IKEA US president Lars Petersson said: “With contractors onboard, plans can proceed towards opening the future IKEA Oak Creek.

“This Milwaukee-area store will provide a more convenient IKEA shopping experience for current and potential customers throughout Wisconsin, complementing our growing Midwestern US presence.”

The 291,000ft² future IKEA Oak Creek will have around 1,000 parking spaces built on 29 acres.

In line with its renewable energy programme currently underway in 90% of its US stores, IKEA is evaluating potential on-site power generation at its future Oak Creek store.

The retailer has reported that 500 jobs are expected during the construction phase. In addition, 250 co-workers will join IKEA when the new store opens.


Image: IKEA secures contractors for Milwaukee-area store opening mid-2018 in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Photo: courtesy of IKEA.