Ikea will expanding its U.S. footprint with a new store to open in Fishers, Indiana in the fall of 2017. The furniture and home-goods retailer currently has 42 stores in the U.S. In the Midwest, the Swedish company has three stores in the Chicago and Cincinnati areas.
The Indiana addition comes at a time when furniture and home-goods sales continue to outpace categories such as apparel and accessories. In September, the government noted that sales at furniture stores rose 2.7 percent — which was on top of a 1 percent gain in August. This compares to U.S. retail sales at department stores, which declined over 6 percent in September. Ikea positions itself as a lifestyle retailer with a unique shopping experience.
Lars Petersson, Ikea’s U.S. president, said the Fishers 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. 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.”
The proposed Fishers store will be 289,000-square feet and be built on 35 acres along Interstate 69, 15 miles from downtown Indianapolis. Pepper Construction was contracted to build the project, “and store plans reflect the same unique architectural design for which Ikea stores are known worldwide,” the company noted.
The retailer said the new store 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,” the company said, adding that construction will create about 500 jobs, and when the store opens 250 jobs will be added.