Will St. Louis Actually Get an IKEA?

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IKEA in St. Louis? Maybe.
How likely is it that St. Louis might actually, seriously be getting an IKEA?

"IKEA is committed to having a presence in St. Louis, but no decisions on a site have been made final," Stephen Heitz, vice president of development for Pace Properties tells nextstl.com, which is reporting this week that -- according to sources -- IKEA will be opening up in our city. For reals?

The blog even has a specific location pinned down for the future site of IKEA. Where can we expect to get some Swedish meatballs and furniture in St. Louis -- and can we trust the rumors?

NextSTL says that IKEA plans to develop its first store close to the campus of Saint Louis University near the Laclede Gas and Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center complexes on Forest Park Avenue, between Sarah Street and Vandeventer Avenue.

The blog reports that Pace Properties, which had previously attempted to bring IKEA to a Richmond Heights development near Highway 40, is again handling a potential deal, this time, right by SLU.

But an IKEA spokesman gave a pretty non-committal comment to the blog, saying: "IKEA has acknowledged that the St. Louis area is large enough to support a store -- and that we have many customers there -- we have not yet committed to any specific site in, or time-frame for entering the St. Louis area."

Still, based on accounts from the sources cited in the post, IKEA is reportedly expected to build a 300,000 square foot store -- and the project would include ramp construction off of Highway 40. The store, the blog says, could potentially bring more than $6 million in tax revenue to the city. Imagine that.

Check out some of our previous coverage on the IKEA in St. Louis rumor mill:

- IKEA Still Not Coming to St. Louis. Sorry!
- IKEA! Why Hast Thou Forsaken Us?
- Facebook Fans "Like" IKEA for Chrysler Plant, But Is It Feasible?

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LeelaToyger
LeelaToyger

This story is real. Sources are saying this will be a larger Ikea, too. Great news for St. Louis. The central corridor of the city is really alive right now. This is a sign of health for the St. Louis region.

MidniteSunLtd
MidniteSunLtd

Ugh...how I wish they would get it goin' already!! How long must we wait? I have done everything from asking constantly on facebook and twitter to giving grief about their ridiculous shipping fees. Would prefer in county vs some old building that may have asbestos and lead & subsequently take forever to abate. IKEA u must build in the county!!! 1/ safer 2/ possible tax breaks or tiffs if in county and 3/ make the city folks drive ...oh yes and 4/ get a move on!!!!!!

ThatsMyTattooo
ThatsMyTattooo

You had me at Swedish Meatballs... lol

A new question I've been dying to know: When will west county get a Fazoli's?? Ever noticed all 9 or so pretty much stop dead at 270? Except St. Charles area. Weird.

rupert05xlh
rupert05xlh topcommenter

I hope it's in West County instead of the city. OMG, can you imagine loading up the car with all the cool stuff from IKEA and then get carjacked before leaving the city!  Too much crime for anyone with half a brain to go to the city...except for a baseball game, lol.  Go Cards!!!

Rachel Kasch
Rachel Kasch

Yes, please! Then I would only have to drive three hours to go to Ikea instead of eight!

egolterman
egolterman topcommenter

It depends what you mean by St. Louis. If you mean the Region? May be, someday. But a tax-paying business right in the middle of not-for-profit 'world'? Between the non taxpaying universties,and Cortex and the hospital complexes? Doesn't seem to fit. The central corridor is tax exempt, tax supported and non tax-revenue generating from Grand to Skinker.

Tim Howell
Tim Howell

Ikea is better than a blank lot.

Daniel Stout
Daniel Stout

I am honestly confused as to why this is getting so much press.

javataur
javataur

I would write this off, if they weren't reworking the ramps to the 64/40 in that area, although that's officially for a different reason.

Craig Stevens
Craig Stevens

I thought they said NO like a million times already...?

Kirin Pax
Kirin Pax

I mean Ikea is cool and all but is this really all thats going on in St. Louis? There isn't anything better to write about? Seriously?

Kyle Barber
Kyle Barber

As long as they put up solar. Earth First Solar is willing to help :)

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

In the COUNTY? LOL Chesterfield is building 2 outlet malls, Ellisville is loosing a Mercedes dealership and building a Walmart. THE CITY is gaining a Mercedes dealership, a Whole Foods, and soon Ikea. The county is for Pottery Barn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nick Combs
Nick Combs

You know who got one? Kansas City. Suck it, St. Louis. =)

Mary Hery
Mary Hery

I don't think so, but I really really hope so!

Doug Byrkit
Doug Byrkit

I think we'll get it but when its all assembled there'll probably be a few parts leftover.

Mark Bland
Mark Bland

We want an IKEA in the COUNTY! Not the City...

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

Only if they build smart. Ikea is hardly more than a huge Walmart that causes plenty of impervious surface runoff. Generally big box retail have 1-2 entrance/exits to prevent theft but also makes them uninviting in the neighborhood.

Robert A. West
Robert A. West

Would love an ikea. Hopefully it'll go up in Midtown as reported.

Victoria Hinkebein
Victoria Hinkebein

I would love an Ikea - especially if they put it where the old Chrysler plant was in Fenton!!

Steve Dixon
Steve Dixon

I would love to have an IKEA in St. Louis. I don't think it is going to happen anytime soon though.

ThatsMyTattooo
ThatsMyTattooo

@rupert05xlh Car got jacked just last month @ Clayton & Baxter, it can happen anywhere. StL is an awesome city, with great people. I exercise caution no matter where I go, "crazy" doesn't care where you live, lol.....

Anonymous
Anonymous

@Nick Combs Since when does KC have an Ikea? News to me...and Ikea

LeelaToyger
LeelaToyger

Old news. They were still in negotiations at that time.

Anonymous
Anonymous

@Victoria Hinkebein This makes much more sense than Forest Park Ave. Ikea does not tend to build in the middle of the city; they tend to stick to suburbs. Not to mention there is a lot more space out there. 

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