An architectural rendering of the proposed IKEA Las Vegas location at Sunset Road and Durango Drive was presented on July 14, 2014. (Courtesy: IKEA USA)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
Famed do-it-yourself furniture retailer and Swedish meatball proprietor IKEA revealed plans Monday to open its first Nevada location in Las Vegas.
During a press conference, the sprawling retailer announced it will set up shop at Durango Drive and Sunset Road on 26 acres in the southwest part of the Las Vegas Valley.
Officials said they hope to have the new store open by summer 2016 with a groundbreaking set for this spring. Plans also call for the two-story store to cover 351,000 square feet.
The company also announced features within the store, including a family-friendly "Children's IKEA" area and preferred family parking.
Representatives for IKEA said plans for the location are pending approval with the Clark County Board of Commissioners this fall.
The current closest locations to Las Vegas are in Arizona, Utah and Southern California, according to IKEA.
The announcement, which took place at the Clark County Government Center in downtown Las Vegas, also revealed that nearly 300 full- and part-time jobs will be added from the new store. Positions include sales, customer service, food service, human resources and accounting.
IKEA, which boasts 38 sprawling stores in the United States, offers a variety of furniture, kitchen gadgets and Swedish culinary fare.
As with several of its existing locations, IKEA said it would explore sustainability efforts at the Durango and Sunset location. For example, 90 percent of IKEA stores in the U.S. have solar arrays on top of their buildings.
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