An American Jewish-Swedish Chanukah Celebration… In Orlando.
What: ChanuIKEA® – Brian Feldman (Best Performance Art – Orlando Weekly’s Best of Orlando 2008), invites you to join him for this Jewish-Swedish celebration where you may order anything off the IKEA® Orlando Restaurant menu, at your expense, and then dine together during the last night of Chanukah. There will be dreidels, there will be electric menorahs, there will be Swedish Fish®. If you happen to have a dreidel or an electric menorah, bring it! (The more the Chanukahier!) After dining, we will wander, like our ancestors did, through the IKEA® Lighting Department and join together in singing Peter Yarrow’s (Peter, Paul & Mary) Chanukah classic, “Light One Candle.” Next year in Älmhult! Read more…
The Ikea rising near Ybor City, in the Tampa Bay area, now has the familiar blue walls, a store manager and enough qualified candidates in the hopper to fill all 53 management jobs. The Swedish furniture giant says the 353,000-square-foot building, which will be the biggest Ikea in Florida, is on schedule for a summer opening.
The store will be the chain’s first with an expanded Swedish foods department after a successful test in Boston.
The hiring process starts this winter for the other 350 full- and part-time jobs. The company points to its website, ikea.com, for dates when applications will be accepted. Read more…
“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
Its final: no IKEA for Orlando, at least for now:
“Officials with Scandinavian furniture store Ikea International say they want to put a few rumors to rest in Orlando.
Ever since a January report (published by a local paper, though not this one) announced that Ikea bought up 30 acres of land near the Mall at Millenia, businesspeople and homeowners alike scrambled for more information.
Problem is, Ikea’s camp says the company did no such thing. Though the retailer announced it is definitely making a Florida appearance once it can find suitable land in South Florida, it has no plans — yet — for the Orlando area.
“We recognize the customer base in Central Florida,” says spokesman Joseph Roth, “but South Florida has a larger customer base with its population.”
Last year, 310 million people visited Ikea worldwide. On some Sundays in Britain, according to one estimate, almost twice as many people visit an Ikea branch as attend church…”
Orlando Business Journal
Well, at least you can take a hot-air balloon ride