Dolphin Mall may be getting a major dose of home improvement.
The Swedish home furnishings retailer Ikea proposes a second South Florida store next to Dolphin Mall. In fact, IKEA announced today it's submitting plans for a Miami-Dade store in the City of Sweetwater, Florida as the second South Florida IKEA store and fourth in the state. Pending approvals, construction of IKEA Miami could begin as early as Spring 2013, with an opening as early as Fall 2014. Until then, customers can shop at Broward County’s IKEA Sunrise or online at IKEA-USA.com. The two other IKEA stores in Florida are located in Orlando and Tampa, FYI.
Located on 14.6 acres west of Miami International Airport at the intersection of the Dolphin Expressway (SR 836) and Florida Turnpike, and adjacent to the Dolphin Mall, the 417,000-square-foot proposed IKEA Miami would be built above two levels of parking, totaling 1,500 spaces. Store plans reflect the unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide.
“We are thrilled with the reception afforded IKEA since entering the state nearly five years ago, so we are excited to submit plans for IKEA Miami where we can grow our Florida and southeastern U.S. reach,” Mike Ward, IKEA U.S. president says. “This proposed store would complement our South Florida presence established in Sunrise and bring the unique family-friendly shopping experience closer to existing and new Miami-Dade customers.”
IKEA Miami would feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 500-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, preferred parking and play areas throughout the store. In addition to the more than 500 jobs that are expected to be created during the construction phase, approximately 400 coworkers would join the IKEA family when the new store opens. IKEA Miami also would provide significant annual sales and property tax revenue for local governments and schools.
Bring on the Swedish sensation!