Ever since Ikea first announced in October 2015 its plans to open a store in Jacksonville, shoppers have wanted to know one thing: When will it open?
On Thursday, the mega-popular home furnishings store announced that its store will open at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8. Customers can begin lining up at the store as early as Monday, Nov. 6.
The 290,000-square-foot-store store – located at the northwest corner of Gate Parkway and Interstate 295 – will be the fifth Ikea to open in Florida and the 46th in the U.S. Worldside, Ikea has more than 400 stores in 49 countries.
The grand opening will include several days of “activities, giveaways and amazing deals,” according to the company’s website. (No other details were immediately available.)
Ikea’s Jacksonville store will feature nearly 10,000 items, most of which will be showcased in 50 room-settings and three model-home interiors, according to a company news release.
The company has hired about 260 permanent employees, a spokesman said Thursday. About 50 part-time and seasonal positions are still open.
The store also features a 275-seat restaurant and a supervised children’s play area.
The store’s regular hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Ikea first announced that it would open the Jacksonville store in October 2015. It broke ground last November.
The store is about average size for Ikea, which has some U.S. stores as big as 400,000 square feet. If you walk the designated path through the entire store, it’s about two-thirds of a mile.
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