IKEA Centennial is opening several months earlier than anticipated, and store officials and the City of Centennial are gearing up for the highly …
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IKEA Centennial is opening several months earlier than
anticipated, and store officials and the City of Centennial are
gearing up for the highly anticipated July 27 launch.
The massive 415,000-square-foot store was originally set for
opening in the fall. Cooperative weather and smooth relationships
with the city and work crews allowed the date to be moved up.
“Winter never really came,” IKEA spokesperson Joseph Roth
The facility will celebrate the one-year anniversary of its
groundbreaking in early May, meaning by the time it’s completed the
total construction time will be about 15 months.
Between now and July, IKEA Centennial will hire approximately
400 workers. The company has already begun training 55 new managers
from the local market, Roth said. Available part-time positions
include sales associate, customer service representative, cashier,
warehouse worker, stock person and food service specialist.
All job applications must be completed online at www.IKEA-USA.com.
The City of Centennial has also started planning for the
potentially chaotic grand opening. IKEA enthusiasts are expected to
line up 48 hours before the doors open at 9 a.m. July 27. At past
store openings, a community of hundreds of people usually forms as
fans camp out and celebrate.
“Being in the summertime, it bodes for a fairly impressive
showing,” Roth said.
The city is partnering with local law enforcement agencies and
other groups to ensure the event runs as smoothly as possible.
“It’s going to be a fun time, something to look forward to,”
Centennial Mayor Cathy Noon said.
The grand opening will include a formal ceremony with a flag
raising, Roth said. IKEA plans to hand out prizes to the first
hundred people in line.
The store will be Colorado’s first and the 38th in the United
States. It will offer 10,000 exclusively designed items, three
model home interiors, 50 room settings, supervised children’s
areas, a Swedish food market and a 550-seat restaurant. It’s built
on four levels, two on the bottom for parking and two on top for
The average IKEA customer in the U.S. spends two to three hours
in the store per visit, Roth said.
IKEA Centennial sits on 13.5 acres on the western side of
Interstate 25 near Park Meadows Mall. The store will feature
rooftop solar panels and a geothermal component for its heating and
City officials believe the store will serve as a regional
attraction, bringing in visitors from Wyoming, Kansas and New
Mexico. The nearest existing IKEA store is outside of Salt Lake
City. IKEA Centennial’s location directly off of Interstate 25 also
should attract customers simply driving by, city officials
“There’s a lot of excitement,” Noon said. “If (visitors are)
from a surrounding state, I’m sure they’ll make sure they
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