ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – St. Louis residents who were hoping for an IKEA are going to be sorely disappointed. The Swedish retailer said it is building its next Midwest store in the Kansas City area.
The world’s largest home furnishings company, which has 38 stores in the United States, announced Thursday it was building a store in Merriam, Kansas. Located about eight miles west of Kansas City, it’s expected to open in the fall of 2014.
“We look forward to growing our Midwestern U.S. presence with IKEA Merriam,” said IKEA U.S. president Mike Ward.
An IKEA spokesperson said the decision was based on nothing more than nabbing what they called the perfect location.
“Frankly, we found a site too good to pass up and sometimes it just comes down to you find the right place you got to take advantage when it’s available,” said IKEA spokesperson Joshua Roth.
But there still is some light at the end of the tunnel. Officials with the store say St. Louis is still on the list. And they have physically been to the area looking at different sites.
However, they won’t say where specifically they’ve looked.
“When you’re looking for anywhere between 15 to 30 acres of land adjacent to interstate with good access and visibility, your options are limited,” said Roth.
The new store would’ve brought more than 800 jobs to the area.
Officials say they have no idea when a store could be built in St. Louis, but assured they are continuing to look at locations around the area.