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Reports: IKEA To Announce Store In Kansas City

Michael Calhoun (Twitter.com/michaelcalhoun, mrcalhoun@cbs.com)
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KANSAS CITY (KMOX) – Swedish furniture chain IKEA is reportedly set to announce intentions to open in the Kansas City area.

WDAF-TV and KSN-TV report that the announcement is set for Thursday morning.

The location would be in the Kansas suburb of Merriam, on the site of a shopping center that has been largely vacant for about four years.

The store, whose fans are passionate to say the least, is typically tight-lipped about its plans for the future.

“We don’t have plans for a store yet,” spokesman Joseph Roth told the Kansas City Business Journal in July. “We recognize (the market) is large enough to support an IKEA. We’re not there yet.”

He gave an almost identical quote to KMOX in response to rumors of a store in Richmond Heights.

Hopes were high for a St. Louis-area IKEA location on the site of the Hadley Township development, at the corner of 64/40 and Hanley Road. It was never confirmed as the tenant, but specs for the project matched up with those for the typical IKEA. The retailer’s behemoth big-boxes are also almost always located adjacent to highways.

That project fell apart when some homeowners in the development zone refused to sell (read more).

Bolingbrook and Schaumburg, Illinois, near Chicago, are the two closest IKEA locations to St. Louis. It’s common for fans of the furniture to make roads trips north to stock up on as much of the flat-packed products as they can pack in their cars.

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