It's seems like years ago that IKEA announced the decision to open a store in Centennial, Colorado. Well it's true. Despite the ongoing difficulty in finding a place to land, IKEA is making progress.
Initially the store wanted to build in Lone Tree, but was unable to come to terms with the City Planning Board. When negotiations failed with Lone Tree, Centennial managed to grab the gold ring.
Now IKEA is being challenged by the sloping lot they purchased at I-25 and South Dayton St. The store by anyone's standards is huge. The current plans call for a 4 story store that is 1/4th the size of Park Meadows Mall and a two story parking garage.
The good news for the community means not only will IKEA employ about 400 Coloradoans but it will attract shoppers from the entire front range. That will mean a nice fat tax base boost for Arapahoe County!
IKEA has purchased the property and has received the necessary approvals from the City, but construction has not yet started. Guess we will still have another year or so to wait!
I visited an IKEA once upon a time in Newark, N.J. It was an experience I won't soon forget. I enjoyed the way the store sets up their displays, showing entire rooms filled with their stock. I even considered making some purchases, but when I realized how long and far I had to carry that purchase home, I put it back on the shelf!
Despite the topographical challenges, I'm sure IKEA will be delighted to have a home in Colorado. I know we will welcome the company as a nice new additional to our shopping landscape.