Ikea Starts Work on Polaris-Area Store, Due to Open in 2017

By Tim Feran/The Columbus Dispatch  
Ikea officially broke ground Wednesday on its Columbus store and confirmed that the store will have its grand opening in summer 2017.In order to make that deadline, workers have been leveling ground and moving forward with work even before Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, Council President Zach Klein, Delaware County Commissioner Gary Merrell and other local officials and community leaders threw shovels of dirt on the 33-acre site, said spokesman Joseph Roth.

The 355,000-square-foot store and its 1,100 parking spaces will be situated at the northeast corner of I-71 and Gemini Place at the site of the former Germain Amphitheater. In an announcement at the groundbreaking, officials said that the latter road will be connected to Worthington Road by an extension that will be known as Ikea Way.

About 300 employees will staff the store and expect to serve the 210,000 Ikea customers in central Ohio who have already bought merchandise from the Swedish furniture retailer, as well as customers from an hour’s drive away, Roth said.

Local officials made a point of praising Ikea’s Swedish values, which include offering part-time employees benefits like those typically offered to full-time workers. Ginther said “(Ikea) is a leader in the way it treats its workers as family.”

Ikea has contracted with Pepper Construction to build the project. Plans for the store conform to Ikea’s familiar architectural design. The retailer also plans to evaluate the potential for on-site power generation to complement its current U.S. renewable energy presence at nearly 90 percent of its U.S. locations.

Click here to watch video by local legislators:  Ikea Breaks Ground at Polaris

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