Ikea on the Horizon
Looks like Ikea is finally coming to San Antonio. In a press conference Tuesday, the home furnishings king announced that it has submitted plans to the City of Live Oak for a store at the intersection of I-35 and Loop 1604.
"We are excited at the possibility of growing our U.S. and Texas presence with a San Antonio-area store," said Ikea U.S. president Lars Petersson in a release. "This location would provide our already 180,000 San Antonio-area customers their own store and introduce the unique Ikea shopping experience to others throughout South Texas."
The 289,000-square-foot space, located 15 miles from downtown San Antonio, would mirror the iconic design and layout of other Ikea locations. That means impeccable showrooms, plenty of parking, and a supervised play area for children, as well as an in-house restaurant serving everything from mac and cheese to those Swedish meatballs.
The San Antonio outpost would be the fifth in Texas, joining Houston, Round Rock, Frisco, and Grand Prairie (coming in 2017). Pending approval from the city, the store will break ground in 2018. The projected opening date is summer 2019.