West Chester, OH–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – PRNewswire)–March 6, 2008–IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, will open the doors of its Cincinnati-area store in West Chester, Ohio to customers at 9:00 a.m. EDT, Wednesday, March 12, 2008. The 344,000-square-foot IKEA West Chester is located on 28 acres of a 56-acre parcel along I-75 at the southeastern corner of Allen and Muhlhauser roads, south of the Union Centre Boulevard exit, and will be the Swedish company’s 1st store and restaurant destination in Ohio, 6th in the Midwest, 34th in the U.S., and 274th worldwide. The store employs 400 coworkers and features 10,000 exclusively-designed items, a 350-seat IKEA Restaurant, a supervised children’s play area and approximately 1,700 parking spaces. (Other midwestern IKEA stores are in: Bloomington, MN; Canton, MI; Pittsburgh, PA; and two Chicago-area stores in Bolingbrook and Schaumburg, IL.)
“We are excited to bring the fun and unique IKEA family-friendly shopping experience to Southwest Ohio and beyond,” said Lonnie Rodgers II, IKEA West Chester store manager. “The enthusiasm the IKEA West Chester coworker family feels about this big day and about opening the store will translate into excitement, surprises and a great shopping experience for customers.”
Before the doors open, Rodgers will welcome the community into the IKEA family with a traditional Swedish log-sawing ceremony, bringing good luck to the new home and its future visitors. In addition to brief remarks by West Chester Township Board of Trustees President George Lang and IKEA North America president Pernille Lopez, Rodgers will be joined by: West Chester Trustees Catherine Stoker and Lee Wong who will raise the U.S. flag; Honorary Swedish Consul for Ohio Michael Lee Miller who will raise the Swedish flag; and Congressman John Boehner’s District Representative, Ryan Day, will raise the Ohio flag.
With a celebration beginning on grand opening day and lasting through Sunday, March 16, IKEA West Chester will recognize loyal, enthusiastic customers by giving away thousands of dollars in gift cards and merchandise.
— Pick a Card, Any Card – The first 2,500 people to visit IKEA West Chester on March 12, 2008 will receive a random prize envelope with vouchers for goodies such as IKEA Gift Cards ranging from $10 to $250, a 4-piece cookware set or “Buy One, Get One Free” cinnamon bun, hotdog or frozen yogurt.
— You Say It’s Your Birthday – Visitors who bring proof to IKEA West Chester on March 12 that it is their birthday will receive a $10 gift card.
— Take a Seat (And We Mean Take It!) – The first 100 adults (18 and over) in line at the IKEA West Chester grand opening on March 12, 2008 will receive a free POÄNG armchair.
— For the (Truly) Young at Heart – The first 100 children (under 18) in line at IKEA West Chester grand opening on March 12, 2008 will receive a free FAMNIG heart-shaped cushion.
— Enter to Win When Entering our Home – From March 12 through March 20, 2008, visitors to IKEA West Chester may enter a drawing to win one of ten $1,000 IKEA Gift Cards. IKEA West Chester will match the prizes (a total of $10,000) with a donation to the ‘One Way Farm’ children’s home, a local shelter for abused, abandoned and neglected children.
— Play Big and Eat Big (If You’re Little!) – Entertainment for kids such as balloon artists and face-painting will take place at IKEA West Chester from March 12 through March 16. They also can enjoy a macaroni-and-cheese meal with a fountain drink for 99¢.
IKEA West Chester AT-A-GLANCE
IKEA West Chester Offers…
— Low prices for well-designed, stylish, functional furnishings for every room in the home.
— 48 inspirational room-settings and three model homes reflecting a variety of living situations with creative design ideas that can be brought to life in any room in the home.
— More than 10,000 exclusively designed home furnishings ranging from beds, desks and sofas to cookware, pet products and kitchens, complete with cabinetry and appliances.
— Same-day shopping satisfaction with products in easy-to-transport flat-pack boxes that benefit the customer and the environment.
IKEA West Chester is a Fun Day Out for the Family with…
— Småland, a supervised children’s play area (for children who meet the 37”-54” height requirement) that replicates the look of a typical Swedish farmhouse and forest.
— Additional play areas throughout the store, offering activities for kids shopping with parents.
— A “Children’s IKEA” area in the Showroom that also offers fun, interactive play.
— Attention-to-detail amenities such as: family-friendly parking, strollers and baby care rooms.
No Need to Shop on an Empty Stomach at IKEA West Chester…
— Beginning March 13, the IKEA Restaurant will start opening 30 minutes earlier than the store for a full hot breakfast, including scrambled eggs, potatoes and bacon for only 99¢.
— The 350-seat restaurant also offers lunch, dinner, snacks and dessert, with a diverse menu, including traditional Swedish specialties such as the popular IKEA Swedish meatballs, shrimp sandwiches, salmon platters, as well as pasta, chicken and vegetarian dishes.
— Menu choices for kids include a child’s portion of Swedish meatballs or macaroni and cheese, while baby food, bottle warmers and bibs are available for even younger visitors.
— A Bistro near the store’s exit serves hot dogs, cinnamon buns, frozen yogurt and beverages.
— The Swedish Foodmarket offers Swedish delicacies, treats, and even frozen Swedish meatballs (the same ones served in the store’s Restaurant) to purchase and then prepare at home.
IKEA West Chester Shopping Conveniences…
— Customers can pick-up catalogs at the store and also receive help from a furnishings consultant.
— Measuring tape, pencils, store maps, yellow shopping bags and 3 types of carts are available.
— Many conventional and self-checkouts ensure efficient customer purchasing.
— Home-delivery, assembly and rent-a-truck services can be arranged while at the store.
When IKEA West Chester opens, there will be 274 IKEA stores in 36 countries, including 34 in the U.S., where new stores are being planned in: Brooklyn, NY; Charlotte, NC; Somerville, MA; and Tampa, FL. IKEA believes home is the most important place in the world and, since its 1943 founding in Sweden, has offered a wide range of home furnishings and accessories of good design and function, at low prices so the majority of the people can afford them. IKEA has been ranked in FORTUNE’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list (three years in a row), Working Mother magazine’s annual list of “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” (four years in a row) and Training magazine’s annual “Top 100” ranking of companies that excel at human capital development (five years in a row). IKEA incorporates environmentally and socially responsible efforts into day-to-day business, and continually supports initiatives that benefit causes such as children and the environment. For information about IKEA or working at IKEA, please go to http://www.IKEA-USA.com.