It’s official: IKEA to open store in St. Louis city

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Rumor is now fact.  A new IKEA store is coming to St. Louis.

In the Central West End of the city of St. Louis, the Cortex tech hub filled with politicians and business leaders who also happened to be IKEA fans.  They often hit the internet, or even the road, to get some inexpensive Swedish furnishings.

It looks like the road trip just got a lot shorter.

Before, the closest IKEA was in the suburban Chicago area.  The store is wildly popular with St. Louis customers taking a five-hour road trip or paying delivery costs after ordering online.

The international home-furnishings company has 38 locations in the United States with zero in Missouri, for now.  But, it looks like that will all change soon.

“Last year, we announced that we will be opening a Kansas City Area story in fall 2014. I know.  I know,” chuckled company spokesman Joseph Roth.  Several in the crowd rolled their eyes and laughed nervously.  He continued.  “In Fall 2014. This morning, we are announcing a new store right here in St. Louis to open in 2015.”

Roth said the company built its U.S. presence on the coasts, and now it is time to fill in the middle in Heartland America.  The new store will stand on the corner of Vandeventer Avenue and Forest Park Parkway in the Central West End.

This may not bereason to celebrate for all St. Louis IKEA fans.

Expedite StL, IKEA St. Louis Home Delivery, and Blue Square Delivery STL all offer to make the road trip to the Chicago area for local customers.  With a new store at home, those companies lose some punch and possibly some customers.

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