IKEA Breaks Ground on First Indiana Location

IKEA Breaks Ground on First Indiana Location

With company representatives, Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness, Congresswoman Susan Brooks, Indiana Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb, local officials, and community leaders on-hand, IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, officially broke ground for its future Indianapolis-area store that is slated to open Fall 2017 in Fishers, Indiana.

The 289,000-square-foot future IKEA Fishers and its 1,000 parking spaces will be built on 35 acres along the eastern side of Interstate 69, just south of the E. 116th Street exit, approximately 15 miles northeast of downtown Indianapolis. IKEA has contracted with Pepper Construction to build the project, and store plans reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide. In addition, IKEA will evaluate potential on-site power generation to complement its current U.S. goal of a renewable energy presence at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations.

“This location will help bring the unique IKEA family-friendly shopping experience closer to many Indianapolis-area customers who currently can shop only at IKEA stores elsewhere or online,” said Lars Petersson, IKEA U.S. president. “The store also will attract new customers from throughout Indiana who value good design, good function and affordable prices, but have not had a chance yet to shop at IKEA.”

IKEA Fishers will feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 325-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the Showroom, baby care rooms, play areas throughout the store, and preferred parking. In addition to the more than 500 jobs that are expected to be created during the construction phase, approximately 250 coworkers will join the IKEA family when the new store opens. IKEA Fishers also will provide significant annual sales and property tax revenue for state and local governments and schools. Candidates interested in working at this employer of choice can begin applying online Spring 2017 at IKEA-USA.com for diverse positions available in home furnishings sales, interior decoration, customer service, safety and security, cashiers, maintenance, goods flow, receiving, warehouse and stock replenishment. Among its total coworkers, IKEA Fishers also will offer more than 50 food service opportunities in its Restaurant, Swedish Foodmarket, Café Bistro and coworker cafeteria.

IKEA has selected Illinois-based Pepper Construction Group to serve as construction manager for the project. IKEA has also hired Indianapolis-based KJWW Engineering Consultants, Indianapolis-based law firm Faegre Baker Daniels, and Fort Wayne-based Earth Source Inc. for environmental services.