ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - In the final hours before Black Friday, came huge news for shoppers: St. Louis will get a new Ikea store, after all.
Ikea fans thought the new store now going up in Kansas City meant St. Louis was out of luck.
Sources have confirmed the Swedish retailer will soon announce a new Midtown store here, likely Forest Park and Vandeventer.
The announcement could come as early as next week.
It was sort of "mixed news" for an Ikea shopping and delivery business in St. Louis.
Mark and Emily Schmitz run the business called Expedite StL out of their South County home.
They order and picks up Ikea furniture for customers in St. Louis from the closest Ikea store, which is near Chicago.
Through their business they fell in love with the inexpensive, contemporary yet classic line of furniture that customers put together themselves.
Most of the furnishings in their home are Ikea.
Mark Schmitz wasn’t sure about the ultimate impact on the business, which handles about 60-70 St. Louis Ikea orders every month. But given the demand here, he said St. Louis was ripe for its own store.
“I believe we deserve one. Obviously we have the market for it for a small business like us to have been going on for 5 years. “We’d still be able to offer things such as home delivery, doing the shopping for you, which is nice.”
He said it would be business as usual, at least until there was a timetable for the opening of the new store.
Ikea officials would not confirm any details.
A commercial development website reported the store would be built within 18 months.
It’d be a nice addition to the CORTEX development which is slowly revitalizing the area between St. Louis University and the Washington University Medical School, roughly bounded by Grand Center and the Central West End.
See the full report from NextSTL Here: Ikea coming to the City of St. Louis
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