IKEA announced it would open a new store in Nashville in summer 2020. (WSMV)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) –
International retail giant IKEA announced Thursday the company would build a new store in Nashville.
Company officials and Nashville Mayor Megan Barry made the announcement during a news conference at the Music City Center.
“All the IKEA fans don’t have to leave town anymore to get they’re fabulous furniture, and we’re so happy about that,” Barry said.
The 341,000 square-foot proposed IKEA store would be located in the Antioch area and would open in summer 2020.
The proposed location will be built on 36 acres on the west side of Interstate 24 and south of Bell Road. The store would be accessible from a new Hickory Hollow Parkway interchange as part of the 300-acre Century Farms master-planned mixed-use development.
“We are excited at the possibility of growing our southeastern U.S. presence with a Nashville store,” said IKEA U.S. president Lars Petersson in a news release. “This location would provide our already 140,000 Nashville-area customers their own store and introduce the unique IKEA shopping experience to others throughout Middle Tennessee.”
Antioch residents said they can’t wait for what IKEA brings.
“I think it’s been starving for something of this magnitude to really revitalize it,” said Rex Russell of Antioch. “And it can single-handedly revitalize this whole area.”
Even those who don’t live in Antioch said the store is important and bound to attract more retail and restaurants that once left the area.
“I think it will help the area tremendously, help the income, help every aspect of Antioch. It definitely needs some more attention,” said Hannah Williams of Kingston Springs.
IKEA officials said the city gave them no incentives to build in Antioch, but they are getting high visibility from I-24, as well as state and city money to build the new interchange.
Construction is already underway to build roads for the building.
Since its founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at affordable prices. There are currently more than 390 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 43 in the United States.
The IKEA store would be the second store in Tennessee. A location opened in December 2016 in Cordova, TN, a Memphis suburb.
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