Iconic Blue Exterior Begins to Shape Future IKEA Fishers as Construction Progresses on Indiana Store Opening Fall 2017

FISHERS, Ind.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced
that steel framing has progressed far enough that installation of the
iconic blue composite panels has begun on its future Indianapolis-area
store. Installing the blue panels is a construction milestone that keeps
the store on track to open Fall 2017 and reflects the unique
architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide.

The 289,000-square-foot future IKEA Fishers and its 1,000 parking spaces
will be built on 35 acres along the eastern side of Interstate 69, just
south of the E. 116th Street exit, approximately 15 miles
northeast of downtown Indianapolis. Until the store opens, customers can
shop at the Cincinnati-area store in West Chester, OH; Chicago-area IKEA
Bolingbrook and IKEA Schaumburg; or online at IKEA-USA.com.

“With IKEA Fishers taking shape and the blue paneling now going up, we
continue to be on track for a grand opening next Fall,” said Lars
Petersson, IKEA U.S. president. “We hope to be enclosed in Spring, and
cannot wait to begin transforming the building’s interior to look like
an IKEA store as well. We know there are many customers in the area who
are excited for us to open, including those who are driving great
distances to shop at our other stores as well those who have yet to
experience the unique IKEA shopping experience.”

IKEA Fishers 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. IKEA also will evaluate
potential on-site power generation to complement its current U.S. goal
of a renewable energy presence at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations.

IKEA Fishers will provide annual sales and property tax revenue for
local governments and schools. And – in addition to 500 jobs expected
during construction – 250 coworkers will join the IKEA family when the
store opens. Opportunities will be available next year for candidates
interested in working at this employer of choice in home furnishings
sales, interior decoration, customer service, safety and security,
cashiers, maintenance, goods flow, receiving, warehouse and stock
replenishment. Also, setting itself apart, IKEA Fishers will offer
nearly 50 food service opportunities in its Restaurant, Swedish Food
Market, Exit Bistro and coworker cafeteria.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of
good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can
afford them. There are currently more than 390 IKEA stores in 48
countries, including 42 in the U.S. IKEA has been included in rankings
of “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its
coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years. IKEA
incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports
initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more
information see IKEA-USA.com,
or IKEAUSA on Facebook,
and Pinterest.


Joseph Roth, Expansion Public Affairs
834-0180, x 6500