IKEA is Coming: 5 Businesses St. Louis Will Freak Out Over Next

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This is what IKEA will look like in St. Louis, opening in Fall 2015.
Rumors that an IKEA furniture store could open in St. Louis kept news outlets and Facebook campaigns busy for years before Swedish retailers made the deal official last week. Every few months, it seemed, a fresh whisper would reignite the blogs and comments in business gossip.

But now that IKEA seems firmly planted in midtown, Daily RFT couldn't help but wonder: What will be the next big business rumor to get St. Louisans all riled up?

Here are a few of our guesses:

1. Shake Shack, In-N-Out and other trendy burger chains

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A long line at the Shake Shack in New York.
Any fast-food connoisseur knows St. Louis is missing out when it comes to the biggest and best burger chains in the country. True, we have Steak 'N' Shake, where steakburgers are cooked to order 24/7; Five Guys, which tops delicious burgers with something that looks like cheese and tastes even better; and Culver's, where Wisconsinites slather your patties in butter. (BUTTER!)

But there's more for foodies whose gastronomical excursions include drive-through windows.

St. Louis native Danny Meyer turned a Madison Square Park hot-dog cart into the famous Shake Shack roadside burger stands that draw long lines across New York City. Rumors that Meyer would return to his hometown and take over the empty space at CityGarden spread like crazy a few months ago, but nothing close to the frenzy IKEA built for itself.

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See also: Citygarden's Beautiful Restaurant is Vacant -- Could Shake Shack Swoop In?

Other options include the famous In-N-Out burger, a fiercely protected favorite of Southern Californians that's started inching into Southwestern states over the last few years, and What-A-Burger, Texas' answer to the golden arches.

Four more after the jump!

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I've been trying to get Whataburger to come to Saint Louis, since I moved up here 12 years ago, and I even started a Facebook page, for other fans to help me let Whataburger know there is a market for it here in Saint Louis.  As one of the few 24/7 eateries that allow guests inside, all night long, (and serves breakfast from 11p-11a) it's always been one of my favorites. 

If you'd like to help me let them know we want Whataburger here in Saint Louis, please join me, in supporting so they will know I'm not alone.

Harrison Elfrink
Harrison Elfrink

Hopefully (for the sake of Hazelwood) the Boeing deal pulls through.


The recently emptied Red Racks on Gravois Rd. would be an ideal location. The building used to be a grocery years ago, so I would think that all the services are in place. Good parking and centrally located.

Stephen Rutherford
Stephen Rutherford

Orlando's soccer stadium will cost $85 million - The team is contributing $30 Million. Kansas City's beautiful soccer stadium cost $200 million and is awesome. The minimum requirements for an MLS stadium are at least 18,000 seats, grass field and some seats that are covered. Let's get the debate started as to where a soccer specific stadium like KC's should be located. Don Garber, the MLS Commissioner, said he liked stadiums in the urban core, but KC's is in the suburbs. Is there an area large enough near downtown? Would Chesterfield Valley be better? How about Fenton where Chrysler used to be? I wish it could be somewhere near a Metrolink stop and in the city, but I also like the idea of Chesterfield Valley.

Mark Bland
Mark Bland

The wrote 5 articles about IKEA the last time the potential was happening. They don't think STL people are worth better than IKEA. Hahahahahahahhaa.... Dig that hole guys.

Mark Bland
Mark Bland

This is awesome article. The RFT hipsters think so little of STL'ians that they write an article and their point is "the STL people are so jaded by boring normalcy in other cities that they will flip their sh-t when it gets to STL!" Hahhahahhahahhahahahahahahahahabbahahhahhahahahahahahahahahahjahahaabhahah

Jesse Rehmer
Jesse Rehmer

We have four Trader Joe's locations, not three. ;)

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