IKEA has begun placement of its iconic blue panels on steel framework earlier this month. A press release to Current stated that the placement of the blue panels is a milestone showing the construction is on track to be complete by fall of next year.
The 289,000-square-foot home furnishings retailer is being built on 35 acres east of Interstate 69 and south of the 116th Street exit. Until then, the nearest IKEA stores are West Chester, Ohio, and Chicago, Ill.
“With IKEA Fishers taking shape and the blue paneling now going up, we continue to be on track for a grand opening next Fall,” stated Lars Petersson, IKEA U.S. president, in a press release. “We hope to be enclosed in spring, and cannot wait to begin transforming the building’s interior to look like an IKEA store as well. We know there are many customers in the area who are excited for us to open, including those who are driving great distances to shop at our other stores as well as those who have yet to experience the unique IKEA shopping experience.”
In addition to the 10,000 items and 50 room settings, the Fishers IKEA will feature three model home interiors, a children’s play area and a 325-seat restaurant featuring Swedish and American dishes. Approximately 500 jobs are expected to be created during construction, and 250 employees will join the IKEA retailer when the Fishers store opens.
IKEA was founded in 1943 in Sweden, and there are currently more than 390 stores in 48 countries, including 42 in the U.S.
For more, visit ikea-usa.com.