Demolition to make way for new Ikea store is set for Wednesday

The demolition of a vacant shopping center that will become the future home of the area’s first Ikea store is set for Wednesday in Merriam.

The 60,000-square-foot building, which was initially planned for a Circuit City electronics store, will be razed and replaced by an Ikea home furnishing store that will be about six times as large.

The teardown is scheduled to begin around 10:30 a.m. at 6030 Eby Ave., near the southeastern corner of Interstate 35 and Johnson Drive, according to a news release issued Friday by Ikea.

The Swedish company said it is working with Heartland Habitat for Humanity and other local organizations to recycle and salvage as much of the existing building’s materials and parts as possible.

The Ikea store is scheduled to open in fall 2014. The multilevel store will be built on 19 acres and have about 1,200 parking spots. Construction on the store is expected to begin in several months, following completion of the demolition and site preparation.