When Ikea announced a new Merriam store nearly two years ago, it scheduled a fall 2014 opening.
But area fans of the world’s leading home furnishings retailer won’t have to wait that long.
Ikea has set a 9 a.m. Sept. 10 opening for the store at Interstate 35 and Johnson Drive. The international chain will allow customers to start lining up as early as 48 hours before that.
The 359,000-square-foot store on 18.4 acres will offer nearly 10,000 exclusively designed home furnishings, 50 “inspirational” 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. It will have baby care rooms, play areas throughout the store and a preferred parking area for families that is away from higher-traffic parking areas.
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The exterior is nearly finished except for landscaping and paving. Inside, some of the store’s 300 employees were hard at work Tuesday stocking the various departments, including living room, kitchen, wall units and media, the self-serve furniture area, lighting, wall decorations and mirrors, textiles, rugs, home decoration and home organization.
In bedding, they took a bed apart and put it back together so they could more easily answer customers’ questions on the process. “Cookshop & Tableware” was nearly complete, showcasing tableware made in Italy, Portugal, China, Vietnam, France and the U.S.
Ikea said it has more than 62,000 Kansas City area customers, based on its database of past purchases at brick-and-mortar stores and online, and expects the store to be a regional draw.
Opening promotions will be posted on the store’s website at ikea-usa.com/merriam. A clock on the site counts down the opening in days, hours and minutes.
Coming up: Ikea plans to open its Miami store on Aug. 27, a St. Louis store in fall 2015 and a Las Vegas store in summer 2016.