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IKEA announces plans to open new store in Las Vegas

IKEA opening store in southwest Las Vegas
IKEA opening store in southwest Las Vegascr: IKEA Facebook

Soon Las Vegas residents won't have to travel out of town to shop at IKEA. The Swedish home furnishings retailer has submitted plans to open a new store in Las Vegas in the summer of 2016. The 351,000 square-foot building will be built on 26 acres near Interstate 2-15 and Durango Drive in southwest Las Vegas. The company plans to incorporate similar components of its renewable energy features in the Las Vegas location. The new location is part of the company's western expansion plan.

“We look forward to continue growing our western U.S. presence with IKEA Las Vegas,” said IKEA U.S. CFO Rob Olson. “This accessible location would provide the already 101,000 Las Vegas-area customers a store of their own and introduce the unique IKEA shopping experience to other consumers throughout Clark County and Southern Nevada.”

The new Las Vegas store will feature 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 450-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties like meatballs with lingonberries and American dishes. The store hopes to employ 300 people upon opening. IKEA was founded in 1942 in Sweden and is known for its affordable, functional home furnishings. The company practices conservation and has solar arrays on top of 90 percent of its U.S. locations and charging stations at 13 stores. For more IKEA Las Vegas news, follow IKEA @DesignByIKEA and IKEAUSA on Facebook.