IKEA Lands in Nashville
- May 29, 2017
IKEA has started the process of opening a location in Nashville, Tenn., providing plans to the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County for a proposed 341,000-square-foot store.
If approved, the store would be the second in the state for the Swedish-based company, following one in Memphis that opened last year.
“We are excited at the possibility of growing our southeastern U.S. presence with a Nashville store,” Lars Petersson, IKEA’s U.S. president, said in prepared remarks. “This location would provide our already 140,000 Nashville-area customers their own store and introduce the unique IKEA shopping experience to others throughout Middle Tennessee.”
The new IKEA would be situated about 13 miles southeast of downtown Nashville in the Antioch area, constructed on 36 acres on the western side of Interstate 24, south of Bell Road and accessible from a new Hickory Hollow Parkway interchange as part of the 300-acre Century Farms master-planned mixed-use development.
IKEA Nashville would offer approximately 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 450-seat restaurant serving American dishes and Swedish specialties.
Also planned are a Children’s IKEA area in the showroom, baby care rooms and play areas. The store would also include 1,100 parking spaces.
IKEA plans to look into on-site power generation for the store, to complement its current U.S. renewable energy presence at nearly 90 percent of its U.S. locations. The company’s U.S. sustainable efforts already include recycling waste material; key measures in buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, warehouse skylights, and water-conserving restrooms. It’s also installed electric vehicle charging stations at 27 locations and solar arrays at 90 percent of its locations, and owns two U.S. wind farms.
The company is hoping to start construction in the spring of 2019, with an anticipated opening in mid-2020. IKEA also recently started plans for its first store in Oak Creek, Wis.
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