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IKEA Hints at St. Louis Store, But No Confirmations So Far

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IKEA will not confirm the rumor that they'll open a store in St. Louis, but a spokesman told Daily RFT that rumors "may be based on fact."

"We have nothing new to report," says IKEA spokesman Joseph Roth. "Contrary to what other people may have said, we have not confirmed or announced anything."

Roth acknowledged that whispers of a new IKEA have been floating around St. Louis for years, but said that this time: "Some of it may be based on fact, but we have not confirmed anything."

That's the closest the Swedish retailer has ever come to saying yes to St. Louis.

Updated at 2 p.m. with comment from IKEA.

St. Louis development blog Next STL says an IKEA store is finally -- finally! -- coming to St. Louis.

IKEA itself has not confirmed the news, so Daily RFT is hesitant to get its hopes up. We've been here before.

In May, a St. Louis architecture studio tweeted that IKEA would open on Forest Park Parkway at Vandeventer. Today, Next STL blogger Alex Ihnen says IKEA is making it a reality.

"Over the past six months, the Swedish retailer and local representative Pace Properties have been focused on making the central city site work, now it's official," Ihnen posts on the blog. " No timetable has been made available, but once the project breaks ground, it's expected to take approximately 18 months to complete."

See also: Will St. Louis Actually Get an IKEA?

Ihnen's blog Next STL -- the Riverfront Times' 2013 winner for Best Blog -- tends to have its finger directly on the pulse of the St Louis real estate scene, especially when it comes to IKEA.

Fair warning: The "IKEA is coming to St. Louis!" story floats around every six months or so. Before you start dreaming of Swedish meatballs, Daily RFT suggests you take Bob's advice:


See also: IKEA In St. Louis? More Rumors Circulate As Kansas City Moves Forward With Its Store

St. Louis' IKEA store will be larger than the 359,000 square-foot store now being built in Merriam, Kansas, Ihnen writes, and the location is just three miles from city hall and adjacent to Saint Louis University.

"The good news for the city isn't about needs-assembly furniture or cheap meatballs," Ihnen says. "It's about the presence of a $100 million annual sales retailer, the estimated one million shoppers and 400 employees the single store will bring."

IKEA is eyeing a property called CORTEX, founded in 2002 by St. Louis' major universities and the Missouri Botanical Garden to attract life science companies, Ihnen says. Officially blighted by a city ordinance in 2005, the complex is now home to a few companies and research labs.

"St. Louis is hot and the re-invention of the central corridor appears to just be the beginning," Ihnen says. "The larger story isn't about a furniture store. It's about a shift in development towards the city."

St. Louisans have been desperate for an IKEA for years. Next STL crashed minutes after Ihnen shared the big announcement.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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Tony Merklin
Tony Merklin

Here's A Hint: Ikea in Canton Michigan/ at I275 and Ford Rd is the Busiest Intersection in the State of Michigan. The City Chesterfield (Mo) had better do their HomeWork.............I'm just sayin'....Can We All Say: GRID LOCK......

dalediversity
dalediversity topcommenter

Great! Another place for hoosiers to buy cheap junk!  

Teamsters Daughter
Teamsters Daughter

Tell them to stay in Sweeden We do not want a company that cheats American union workers by locking them out in the USA We need to build up the small business community and keep these big corporations out of our city. I will never shop at IKEA union busting scabs. I will be calling the Mayor to voice my disgust that they would even consider letting IKEA come to town with their track record of treating teamsters so poorly I will also call IKEA and tell them they are not welcome

Margaret Booker
Margaret Booker

Sarah Booker and I would make the trip in to shop, shop, shop!

Tony Bologna
Tony Bologna

Um. It's been confirmed. You guys confirmed it. You spoke with their rep. Am I missing something?

Everette Carter
Everette Carter

If it's true .......glad it is ....... Take that the manager of the Chicago Store(Shaumberg ) who said ...we would never go to St. Louis ..Why would we gp there ??....:-)

Matthew Susick
Matthew Susick

They sure like talking in code in Sweden don't they?

Ruben Vazquez
Ruben Vazquez

IKEA is the best store ever. One time I put together my whole appartment with only $3k. I am talking about a 2 bedroom appartment. I had e erything folks. Oh and no debts.

Paul Golumbek
Paul Golumbek

Hold your horses, them Swedish meatballs aren't here yet.

cmcmc
cmcmc

Dont worry ST Louisians.   Your town is still better than this (KC/Merriam)  shithole with our without an Ikea.

Sarah Welsch
Sarah Welsch

They will provide literally hundreds of jobs for st.louis. Everyone against it quit your bitching.

Bryan Simmons
Bryan Simmons

I've heard their Swedish meatballs are good, but particle board furniture is junk. I wouldn't have that IKEA crap in my house if it were free. If they come here, I'm going to make myself a promise; I vow to never spend as much as a penny there on anything other than food.

Darin Gries
Darin Gries

And my bedroom furniture was made by another southern company in the U.S.

Darin Gries
Darin Gries

Didn't realize Ikea made televisions and compiters... But my mattresses and couches were made in USA by Lazyboy

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

where was your computer, television, and phone made?

Lisa Thompson
Lisa Thompson

I just heard yesterday that one was coming to KC. I wouldn't put too much stock in this until they actually break ground and put a sign out.

Justin Wagner
Justin Wagner

Oh boy. Cheaply made furniture without complete instructions or parts lol

Chris G. Carron
Chris G. Carron

Hoping that all of those jobs come to St. Louisans who need them, and that all of those tax dollars land in Missouri instead of Illinois or Michigan or someplace else.

Dan Heimsath
Dan Heimsath

A FOREIGN COMPANY that will hire AMERICAN workers for their store who cares

Cassie Bart
Cassie Bart

I have several pieces of furniture from Ikea, one in particular going on 10 years old, if you take care of your things they do not become "throw away" items. Personally, I would love an Ikea store closer than Chicago and...bonus...I already have all the necessary allen wrenches!

Almas Farmhouseantiques
Almas Farmhouseantiques

Forget about it They pay union wages in Europe and have unions. They have locked out union workers in the USA and are just another walmart. We want good companies in St Louis not more slave drivers who sell chinese junk

Gurf J. McGurf
Gurf J. McGurf

Never been to one in the states. The one in Mannheim Germany was nice though. If it wasn't so far from where I was stationed we would have used it more. Good stuff.

Sarah Marley
Sarah Marley

Yea right.... I've see this story before... come on now...

Adam Usher
Adam Usher

It's too far from the airport. IKEA is not coming to STL.

Jake Wheeler
Jake Wheeler

Gross. China made crap outlet. Driving the nails into the coffin of American industrialism. Buy, use, dispose, repeat. Landfills are full. Tradesmen are out of work. 90% of American used goods come from outside our borders. Sad. RIP America- you have lost your soul.

Austin Gomez
Austin Gomez

I only hope so for the St. Louis economy .......... along with expansions plans for Boeing!

Anna Probst
Anna Probst

Theyve been saying this for a decade. Ill believe it when I get food poisoning from the meatballs again.

ut_4_me
ut_4_me topcommenter

@Teamsters Daughter I am worried about my money, not some Teamster's.   If I can get something made offshore for 20% less than a comparable American made product why should I buy the domestic product?

ddfry3
ddfry3

Managers from the Schaumburg (or any other) location don't make those decisions. Like Whole Foods, it's a population, average income, market-driven decision.

ddfry3
ddfry3

Managers from Schaumburg (or any other location) don't get to make those decisions...

AJinKC
AJinKC

@Lisa Thompson...just do a search on this one. It's currently under construction. The location already shows up on the IKEA site (Merriam, KS).

kbpinmo
kbpinmo

@Lisa Thompson The KC one is already being built...?

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