SAN ANTONIO – You might have heard that IKEA is coming to San Antonio, but don’t get too excited just yet. The Swedish mega-store won’t be opening until the summer of 2019.
"I believe this IKEA store will be one of the major draws, even bigger than Buc-ee's! That's pretty big!" said Bexar County Commissioner of Precinct 4, Tommy Calvert.
In a press conference Tuesday, representatives for IKEA said the company will soon be submitting its plans for a San Antonio-area store in Live Oak, Texas.
The store will be located at the intersection of I-35 and Loop 1604 in Live Oak. The 290,000 sq. ft. building will be built on more than 31 acres of land with more than 1,000 parking spots ready to be filled by eager customers.
"Because IKEA is known for its regional draw, we're expecting other local businesses to benefit by IKEA customers coming to town. In addition, I think other businesses are going to pop up adjacent to IKEA, too," said Joseph Roth, Public Affairs Manager for IKEA.
The local store will join Texas along with Houston, Round Rock, and Dallas.
"To have IKEA here really puts a stamp on San Antonio saying, 'Hey, we're a progressive city. We're a city that's growing. We're down to less than 4% unemployment," said Bexar County Judge, Nelson Wolff.
There are currently more than 390 IKEA stores spread out over more than 48 countries. Like the future San Antonio store, the company said all IKEAs offer the same unique shopping experience with more than 10,000 items that are exclusively designed by IKEA.
The San Antonio IKEA will be modeled like the other stores, proudly displaying the Swedish blue and yellow.
Customers can expect to shop through multiple show rooms, inspiration centers with model-home interiors, a market place filled with home accessories and a self-served area where customers can load their cars and take furniture home and assemble it all in the same day.
If customers are feeling hungry during their trip, there will be a 300-seat cafeteria-style restaurant that will serve American and Swedish cuisine. In addition to the cafeteria, there will be a Swedish food market that plans to sell candies, cookies, cakes and more. Even a bistro is in the works that will sell pizza, cinnamon buns, and more deliciousness.
Customers with young children won’t have to worry while shopping because the store will have a supervised play area for children, said the IKEA spokesmen. The store will even have preferred parking for families with young children and infants.
According to the company, IKEA will soon be filing its initial application with Live Oak and work with the city to get all plans approved by the summer of 2017. Once the paperwork is all filed, IKEA plans to break ground in early 2018.
"We have 1.5 million people moving here, and they're gonna need some new furniture!" said Calvert.
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