Future IKEA Bolingbrook Looking for more than 300 Individuals Seeking a Better...

Future IKEA Bolingbrook Looking for more than 300 Individuals Seeking a Better Everyday Life

Recruitment underway for store opening this Fall in Bolingbrook, Illinois


BOLINGBROOK, IL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–June 21, 2005–IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced the recruitment program for its future Bolingbrook store — opening this Fall — that will include a job fair event at the Bolingbrook High School on July 9 offering prospective coworkers the chance to seek a “Better Everyday Life.” IKEA Bolingbrook will be the Swedish company’s second store in Chicagoland and 25th in the U.S. (IKEA Schaumburg opened in 1998 and is known for drawing customers from throughout the Midwest.)

“With a vision to create a better everyday life for the many, we are thrilled to offer interested jobseekers in the Bolingbrook area diverse coworkers positions with limitless opportunity,” said Joseph Roth, public affairs director for IKEA. “We realize that enjoying daily work responsibilities and having a good work/life balance is extremely valuable to our coworkers.”

Available coworker positions include: warehousing; sales; maintenance; customer service; cashiers; and approximately 60 food service opportunities at the IKEA Restaurant, Swedish Foodmarket, Café Bistro and staff cafeteria.

Following are more details about time and location:

Saturday, July 9, 2005

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Bolingbrook High School, 365 Raider Way

Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Interested candidates are also welcome to submit applications via the IKEA web site at http://jobsat.IKEA-USA.com.

Named in Working Mother magazine’s annual list of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” (for two consecutive years), recently named to FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list and included in Training magazine’s annual “Top 100” ranking of companies that excel at human capital development (for three years in a row), IKEA values and has great respect for coworkers’ personal lives and the importance of a work/life balance. With approximately 300 jobs to be filled at the second IKEA store in Chicagoland, this recruitment effort will offer prospective coworkers the opportunity to seek employment in a work environment known for being just as fun and unique for coworkers as it is for customers shopping there.

Drawing from the company’s Swedish heritage, IKEA is committed to a flexible workplace environment that emphasizes a work/life balance and provides professional opportunities without any gender or life situation limitations. If an IKEA coworker needs to take time off to find a nursing home for an aging parent, be home to kiss their child before bed, or telecommute to best juggle caring for a newborn, they can do so without worrying about risking their career aspirations.

IKEA offers family-friendly initiatives and diverse workplace benefits including full medical/dental insurance to coworkers working 20 hours or more per week with eligibility for domestic partners and children. In addition, coworkers with less than 20 hours a week are offered full access to full benefits. Other benefits include: paid maternity/paternity leave and paid time off for child adoption; tuition assistance; 401(k) matching; flexible work arrangements (job share, telecommuting and condensed work weeks); extensive professional development, training and mentoring programs; lactation rooms for nursing mothers; and discounts for weight loss and smoking cessation services. The organization puts career opportunity into the hands of the individual, encouraging coworkers to consider assignments within different functions at other IKEA stores, or even in other countries.

During 2004, IKEA had a coworker growth of 23% and will continue to increase its coworker staff as part of the company’s aggressive expansion plans. IKEA employs more than 8,000 coworkers in the United States and 84,000 globally and looks forward to welcoming approximately 300 more when IKEA Bolingbrook opens this Fall.

On 21 acres in Bolingbrook, IL at the Boughton Road exit of the I-355 North-South Tollway, the 310,000 square-foot future IKEA Bolingbrook will present 50 room settings, four complete homes, a supervised children’s play area, and a 300-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries or salmon plates, as well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features will include a Children’s IKEA area in the showroom, baby care rooms, preferred parking and play areas throughout the store.

IKEA currently has more than 210 stores in 33 countries, including 22 in the U.S., where other store locations being planned include: Atlanta, GA; Brooklyn, NY; Canton, MI; Dublin, CA; Frisco, TX; Somerville, MA; Stoughton, MA; and West Sacramento, CA.

IKEA, the leading home furnishings retailer founded in 1943, offers a wide range of home furnishings and accessories of good design and function, at prices so low that the majority of the people can afford them. IKEA has been ranked in FORTUNE’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” List, Working Mother magazine’s annual list of “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” (two years in a row) and Training magazine’s annual “Top 100” ranking of companies that excel at human capital development (three years in a row). IKEA supports responsible business practices and innovative initiatives that help protect the environment and the future for children around the world. To visit the IKEA Web site, please go to http://www.IKEA-usa.com.

For information about employment, please visit http://jobsat.ikea-usa.com.



Joseph Roth, Expansion Public Affairs

(610) 834-0180, x6500

Future IKEA Bolingbrook Looking for more than 300 Individuals Seeking a Better Everyday Life