Food & Beverage

Ikea Opens Grand Prairie Store

Ikea has opened the doors of its Grand Prairie store.

According to a release, before the doors opened, store manager Matt Hunsicker, Grand Prairie Mayor Ron Jensen, the Swedish Embassy's Deputy Chief of Mission Goran Lithell and Ikea U.S. President Lars Petersson were present to welcome the community with a traditional Swedish log-sawing ceremony, bringing good luck to the new store and its guests.

"We are proud to serve the Dallas-Fort Worth community with our unique Ikea shopping experience and affordable home furnishing solutions," said Matt Hunsicker, store manager. "The community has been so welcoming and today's grand opening reflects that excitement. You can feel the enthusiasm of our co-workers and customers as soon as you enter the store."

The 290,000-square foot Ikea Grand Prairie store was built on 30 acres at the intersection of SH 161 and Mayfield Road and is the second Ikea store in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Construction on a third Dallas-Fort Worth area store is scheduled to begin as soon as spring 2018, with a grand opening planned for summer 2019.

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