IKEA submits plans for new store in Wisconsin, US

5 May 2016 (Last Updated May 5th, 2016 18:30)

Swedish home furnishings retailer IKEA is set to submit plans to open a new store in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, US.

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Swedish home furnishings retailer IKEA is set to submit plans to open a new store in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, US.

Construction of the new IKEA Oak Creek is expected to begin next year, with opening scheduled to take place in 2018.

The proposed 295,000ft² store will be located approximately 12 miles south of downtown Milwaukee, and will have 1,200 parking spaces built on 29 acres at the northwestern corner of Interstate 94 and Drexel Avenue.

The retailer also will evaluate potential on-site power generation to complement its existing US renewable energy presence at nearly 90% of its locations in the country.

"A location in this retail corridor would provide our already 206,000 Milwaukee-area customers their own store."

IKEA US president Lars Petersson said: "A location in this retail corridor would provide our already 206,000 Milwaukee-area customers their own store and introduce the unique IKEA shopping experience to others throughout Wisconsin."

IKEA Oak Creek will feature nearly 10,000 designed items, 50 room-settings, three model home interiors and a children's play area.

Other amenities will include a 300-seat restaurant, 'Children's IKEA' area, baby care rooms, play areas, and parking.

The new store is expected to create more than 500 jobs during construction phase.

IKEA owns two wind farms and has installed electric vehicle charging stations at 13 locations in the US.


Image: IKEA continues midwest expansion by submitting plans to open a Milwaukee-area store in 2018 in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Photo: courtesy of IKEA.