IKEA Orlando To Open In Fall 2007
“IKEA, a leading home furnishings retailer, expressed its appreciation to the
Orlando [FL] City Council for the body’s approval of a proposed IKEA store in
Central Florida increasing the Swedish retailer’s planned presence in Florida
and the Southeastern U.S. This City Council approval today follows the Municipal
Planning Board’s recommendation last month to approve plans for the store.
Pending permits, construction of the future IKEA Orlando can begin later this
year, with an anticipated opening in Fall 2007…a store is (also) slated to
open Summer 2007 in the South Florida city of Sunrise.
IKEA is thrilled
and honored at the support voiced by the Orlando City Council in favor of our
opening a store in the area next year, said David Iemolo, real estate manager
for IKEA. While we already knew many in the area were IKEA customers, the
outpouring of interest since we announced our plans plus this approval by the
City makes us feel so welcome.
The plan approved in an unanimous city
council vote allows IKEA to build a 309,000 square-foot store, with its 1,200
parking spaces, on 22 acres off Eastgate Drive, south of Conroy Road, across
from the southeastern end of The Mall at Millenia. The future IKEA Orlando will
reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known
Besides offering nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items,
IKEA Orlando will feature three model homes, 50 room settings, a supervised
children’s play area, and a 300-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such
as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes.
Other family-friendly features will include a Children’s IKEA area in the
showroom, baby care rooms, preferred parking and play areas throughout the