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?

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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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