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

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2. Boeing
Boeing's bad-ass unmanned jet, built in St. Louis.
The freakout has already begun for Boeing, the multinational corporation flirting with the idea of pulling production of its 777X jetliner out of Everett, Washington, and into the Lou.

Boeing is notorious for choosing cities with big perks -- including tax breaks and special labor rules -- to build its multimillion dollar projects, and it's pitting Missouri, South Carolina, Washington, Texas and California against each other to see who gives the best deal. Missouri has already approved $150 million in annual incentives for Boeing if the company brings their passenger jet and the 8,500 jobs it creates to St. Louis.

See also: Boeing's St. Louis Division Debut's Kick Ass Unmanned Jet Fighter, Phantom Ray

3. European boutiques

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Zara -- Europe's answer to the Gap.
When H&M and Gap aren't enough, St. Louis' fashion savvy wish they had access to internationally famous (yet affordable) British and Spanish clothing stores their Dallas and Chicago counterparts get to visit, including Zara, Top Shop, Mango and All Saints. If one of those stores opened in St. Louis, the shopping frenzy would make Black Friday look like Easter.

St. Louisans are already mobbing the stores online. Shoppers obliterated Spanish retailer Zara's supply of a shiny $35 necklace after Kate Middleton wore it to a royal screening of a film about Nelson Mandela this weekend.

Continue reading for our last two gossip-worthy businesses.

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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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