The new IKEA home furnishing store planned for Grand Prairie broke ground today, with an opening set for fall 2017.
It will be the state’s fourth retail location for the Swedish retailer known for good design and functional home furnishings for a good value. IKEA has other locations in Frisco, Houston and Round Rock.
Grand Prairie Mayor Ron Jensen, local officials and community leaders were on hand for the groundbreaking for the 290,000-square-foot location. The new retail site and its 1,100 parking spaces will be built on 30 acres along the eastern side of State Highway 161 and Mayfield Road, north of Interstate 20. An additional 15 acres of land contiguous to the future store eventually could be developed to accommodate opportunities for ancillary commercial or retail uses.
IKEA has contracted with MYCON General Contractors of McKinney to build the store.
IKEA Grand Prairie will feature nearly 10,000 items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 450-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes. In addition to the more than 500 jobs that are expected to be created during the construction phase, the store will employ more than 300 workers.