Swedish home furnishings retailer IKEA has plans to open an outlet in Columbus, Ohio, US, by next year.

It will be a 354,000ft² outlet with1,200 parking spaces.

It is being built on 33 acres at the northeastern corner of Interstate-71 and Gemini Place in the Polaris Centers of Commerce development, approximately 15 miles north of downtown Columbus.

"We know there are many customers in the area who are excited for us to open."

The closest IKEA stores to Columbus are located at West Chester, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Canton, Michigan, or online at IKEA-USA.com.

IKEA US president Lars Petersson said: “We hope to be enclosed before the New Year, and cannot wait to begin transforming the building’s interior to look like an IKEA store as well.

"We know there are many customers in the area who are excited for us to open, including those who are driving great distances to shop at our other stores as well those who have yet to experience the unique IKEA shopping experience.”

IKEA Columbus will feature nearly 10,000 designed items, 50 room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 450-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes.

IKEA currently has more than 380 stores in 48 countries, of which 42 are in the US.