Iconic Blue Exterior Emerges on New Renton IKEA Store as Seattle-Area Relocation Advances to Spring 2017 Opening

RENTON, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced
that steel framing has advanced far enough that installation of the
iconic blue composite panels has begun on the relocated Seattle-area
store under construction adjacent to its current store in Renton, WA.
Installing the blue panels is a key construction milestone that keeps
the store on track to open in Spring 2017, and it reflects the unique
architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide.

The 399,000-square-foot new Seattle-area store, including 1,600 parking
spaces, is being built across the 29-acre IKEA parcel’s parking lot in
Renton, near State Highway 167, approximately 11 miles southeast of
downtown Seattle. Until the new store opens in Spring 2017, customers
can continue to shop in Renton at the existing IKEA store. During the
construction period, IKEA will be providing additional parking nearby on
weekends for customers and shuttling them to the store. Customers can
find detailed information about parking directions, shuttle plans and
construction updates available at IKEA-USA.com/Seattle
and @IKEA_Seattle.

“With this newer version of our Seattle-area store taking shape and the
blue paneling now going up, we continue to be on track for a grand
opening next spring,” said Diedre Goodchild, store manager. “The
progress is exciting. Once we are enclosed fully, we can begin
transforming the building’s interior to look like an updated IKEA store.”

The new Seattle-area IKEA store will feature the same 10,000 exclusively
designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home
interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a larger restaurant
for serving Swedish specialties. Other family-friendly features include
a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the showroom, baby-care rooms, play areas
throughout the store, and preferred parking. In addition to the already
350 Renton coworkers as part of the global IKEA family and 500 jobs
created during construction, IKEA will generate even more annual sales
and property tax revenue to the city and local schools. IKEA also is
evaluating potential on-site power generation to complement its current
U.S. goal of a renewable energy presence at nearly 90% of its U.S.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of
good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can
afford them. There are currently more than 380 IKEA stores in 48
countries, including 41 in the U.S. IKEA has been included in rankings
of “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its
coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years. IKEA
incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports
initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more
information see IKEA-USA.com,
or IKEAUSA on Facebook,
and Pinterest.


Local Contact:
Annie Boeckman
656-4404, x 1342