Ikea on the Horizon

North Texas Ikea cult gets closer crack at affordable home goods and Swedish meatballs

North Texas Ikea cult gets closer crack at affordable home goods

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Home-furnishings retail chain Ikea has designs on Grand Prairie. IKEA/Facebook

Home furnishings king Ikea has submitted a plan to the city of Grand Prairie to open its second store in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Pending approval, construction of Ikea Grand Prairie would begin in summer 2016, with an opening set for fall 2017.

This would be the fourth outlet in Texas, behind Frisco, Houston, and Round Rock.

"We are thrilled with the reception afforded us after entering North Texas more than 10 years ago, so we are excited to submit plans for Ikea Grand Prairie to extend our Dallas-area reach," says Ikea U.S. president Lars Petersson in a release. "This proposed store would complement our Metroplex presence established in Frisco and bring the unique family-friendly shopping experience closer to customers in other parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth area."

You got that right, cookie. Driving to Frisco from Fort Worth is a 45-mile hike and about 25 miles from Dallas. As opposed to the new Grand Prairie location, approximately 18 miles east of downtown Fort Worth and 14 miles west of downtown Dallas. And with no toll road.

This will be a 293,000-square-foot store, with 1,250 parking spaces, built on 32 acres on the eastern side of State Highway 161 and Mayfield Road, north of I-20.

Store plans reflect the same unique architectural design for which Ikea stores are known worldwide. Ikea also will evaluate potential onsite power generation to complement its current U.S. renewable energy presence at nearly 90 percent of its U.S. locations.

Ikea Grand Prairie would feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 350-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes.

Other family-friendly features include a children’s Ikea area in the showroom, baby care rooms, play areas throughout the store, and preferred parking.

Drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, Ikea strives to minimize its operations’ carbon emissions because reducing its environmental impact makes good business sense. Ikea evaluates locations regularly for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficient distribution.

Sustainable efforts include recycling waste material, energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, warehouse skylights, and water-conserving restrooms.

Operationally, they're eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process, phasing out the sale of incandescent light bulbs, facilitating recycling compact fluorescent bulbs, and selling only LED bulbs.

Ikea U.S. has installed electric vehicle charging stations at 13 locations, has solar arrays at 90 percent of its locations, and owns two wind farms in the 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 370 Ikea stores in 47 countries, including 41 in the U.S.