IKEA breaks ground on St. Louis store

APJune 24, 2014 

The world’s largest furniture retailer officially arrived in Missouri Tuesday with a St. Louis groundbreaking.

Swedish furniture titan IKEA selected a location in the Cortex research park near the city’s Central West End and midtown neighborhoods for a 380,000-square-foot store the company says will create 500 short-term construction jobs and 300 long-term positions once the store opens in the fall of 2015.

City and state business, civic and elected leaders attended the mid-morning ceremony, including St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and Secretary of State Jason Kander.

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