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

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4. A soccer-specific stadium
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Bosnian soccer player Vedad Ibisevic plays at Busch Stadium
The biggest obstacle to getting a Major League Soccer Team in St. Louis (besides money) is building a pitch for the team to play on. MLS commissioner Don Garber reinforced this last week when asked which cities could be next for the expanding league.

No one seems to be stepping up to fund a soccer stadium in St. Louis, especially as the city risks losing its NFL team because it can't afford millions of dollars in stadium upgrades at the Edward Jones Dome.

See also: How Yogi Berra Could Help Bring a Major League Soccer Team to St. Louis

Getting a soccer stadium in St. Louis wouldn't just be a win for sports fans and the 70,000 Bosnian St. Louisans who treat soccer more like a religion than a sport. Orlando is spending $35 million to build a stadium, which will create 600 construction jobs and employ 2,000 people full- or part-time. IKEA will only employ 300.

5. Trader Joe's

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Yes, we have three four Trader Joe's, but south St. Louis County residents say that's not enough. Residents just across the city border in Affton and Marlborough want a new store in their neighborhood to replace the string of locally owned grocers that recently went out of businesses, including Johnny's Market and Sappington Farmer's Market.

Trader Joe's has repeatedly told those organizing petitions and letter-writing campaigns that the grocer is content with just three St. Louis locations.

Now it's your turn: If these stores decided to open in St. Louis or St. Louis county, where should they locate? What empty buildings should they take over?

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

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71 comments
Jennifer Cox
Jennifer Cox

My excitement is unsurpassable .... Finally IKEA comes to me !

Marta Hepler Drahos
Marta Hepler Drahos

One more reason to visit in September (though we did walk through one in Sweden) ...

Gary Lancaster
Gary Lancaster

IKEA is NOT 2nd Amendment friendly and I wouldn't set foot in one of their stores

Patricia Knight
Patricia Knight

Lucky you...your mom and I love to make a day of ikea!

Basil Rathbone
Basil Rathbone

Just don't eat the Swedish meatballs... they are made from horse meat!

Mona Busch
Mona Busch

So excited! Can't wait! Worth driving over a bridge for.

danagetz
danagetz

Trader's Joe should open on Chippewa and Kingshighway in the Petsmart mini mall.  Enough space and parking and accessible to most South 'STL'ians.

Nancy Martin
Nancy Martin

Robin, it is a 3 story store and they have a lot of displays of every room in a house and they give you plenty of ideas on designing your rooms and plus towels,sheets,pillows kitchen supplies such as dishes, pots & pans, silverware, some toys. Just too many items to mention and it is all at reasonable prices. I have never heard of anybody not liking Ikea. We just went to the one by Chicago. Our family love Ikea.

Kevin McGrane Sr.
Kevin McGrane Sr.

Wow...imagine how many Allen wrenches the construction crew must use to build that thing...

Robin Hall
Robin Hall

What is Ikea never heard if it and that is just what we need something else foreign

Lynn Smith
Lynn Smith

live in the East and love Timmy's!

Nik Vojicic
Nik Vojicic

Nooooo take that junkedy junk back to Sweden!

Wayne Howe
Wayne Howe

Kristin Howe this could be a bad thing....

Tiffany Lackman
Tiffany Lackman

Bahahahaha!!! Michelle Monday he has no idea!!!! Not does he need to know!!!!! Lol

Michelle Monday
Michelle Monday

Tiffany Lackman this is going to be Zacs worst nightmare Hahaha

Tony Bologna
Tony Bologna

People are all excited about the Swedish IKEA but the second you say you buy foreign cars they're all over your ass haha

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

I prefer furniture from antique row. I don't like the newer cheap made stuff.

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