“WEST CHESTER TWP. - Ikea’s decision to locate its Ohio
megastore on 56 acres off the Union Centre Boulevard exit of Interstate
75 is the culmination of more than a year of effort by developer
Schumacher-Dugan Construction Inc.
“Ikea was right at the top in
our minds,” said Larry Schumacher, president of the company, which
created the 1,000-acre commerce park along the fast-growing
interchange. “It’s like Procter & Gamble, Liz Claiborne or General
Motors (other tenants in the development). We have a high-quality
development, and Ikea fits that mold,” said Schumacher, who said he has
shopped at the Ikea in Pittsburgh.
blue-and-gold home furnishings mecca, to open in the fall of 2007, will
employ 400, have parking for 1,400 cars and is expected to draw
shoppers from hundreds of miles away.
Ikea says it has tracked
100,000 customers within two hours’ drive of the West Chester location
who have visited their other stores.
Michael Maier, Ikea’s real
estate manager, said at a news conference Tuesday that the chain has
been considering a location in Ohio for years.
“We’re thrilled to bring jobs, shopping and all things Swedish to West Chester,” Maier said.”
“One of the most sought after stores in the country is coming to the Tri-State.
IKEA executives announced Tuesday morning that they are building their next U.S. store in West Chester.
The store will be near Union Centre Boulevard, in the area of Allen and
Mulhauseer Roads. The store will be plainly visible from I-75.
Local 12 Reporter Dennison Keller has more on what makes these stores so special.”
Jen over at OH,IKEA is understandably excited:
“I about fell off my chair when I saw THIS VERY SITE featured in a Local
news story about IKEA coming to Ohio (maybe) and West Chester,
Specfically. (Maybe.) All in all What info was given was not much more
than I gave today earlier (did I scoop them?) or have said in the past”.
Associated Press reporter Sarah Karush called us earlier this week to talk about the new IKEA Canton store. Here’s a snip:
” Ikea is a self-contained world, complete with its own restaurant,
serving Swedish and American dishes, and even a supervised play area
where shoppers can drop off children for 45 minutes at a time.
Nevertheless, Ikea could generate some spillover business at nearby
motels and restaurants, which Cabela’s has done, Zimmermann said. And
there’s still the 6 percent Michigan sales tax on everything bought
“It’s definitely a win for the state,” Zimmermann said.
Customers flock to Ikea for its low prices and wide variety. The
store sells 10,000 items, ranging from kitchen cabinets and sofas to
coat hangers and potholders. Ikea also carries its own line of
appliances, which Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool Corp. makes for the
The Miami Herald
Our friend, Jen Segrest of OHIKEA is also quoted extensively in this piece. Kudos and on with the struggle!