The newest IKEA store in Dallas-Fort Worth will debut, conveniently, just in time for Christmas. The Swedish furniture retailer will open its store in Grand Prairie, its fourth store in Texas, on December 13.
This is the second IKEA in the DFW area; the first opened in Frisco in 2005. Like the other locations, Grand Prairie will feature home goods, a supervised children's play area, and a 450-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries.
Located north of I-20 along the eastern side of State Highway 161 and Mayfield Road, the store will span 290,000 square feet and will come equipped with a solar panel installation atop the roof, one that will produce approximately 2,000,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store. It's the fourth IKEA solar array in Texas and the 47th solar project for IKEA in the United States.
The store has 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, mattress displays, a frozen food and grocery section, and gummy candy depot where you can buy its famed Swedish fish.
Since Grand Prairie has all the space in the world, there'll be 1,100 parking spaces and the entire store will be on one level; Frisco has two floors.
Since it is located only 15 miles from downtown Dallas, it promises to attract a sizable chunk of customers who'd rather sleep on a plank of plywood than drive the 23 miles up the Dallas North Tollway to Frisco. That said, since it is currently the only store near Tarrant County, it promises to attract every single shopper from Tarrant County.
It is likely to draw shoppers who might be interested in buying table lamps, storage boxes, picture frames, latex foam mattresses, cooktops, bath mats, coffee tables, nightstands, comforters, rugs, towels, shower curtains, pillows, sofas, the extra legs for sofas, ottomans, kitchen sinks, kitchen faucets, backpacks, stepstools, office chairs, bathrobes, candle holders, candles, microwave ovens, freezer bags, and other items.
The good news is that you can get your spot in line to shop ahead of time. According to IKEA, "Customers can begin lining-up at the store on Monday, December 11, 2017 – 48 hours in advance of the doors' opening on December 13." What a fun way to spend 48 hours! Who will be first in line?
Other IKEA stores are in Houston and Round Rock. Two more locations are set to open in summer 2019: San Antonio and Fort Worth, which will be built at the southwestern corner of 35W and North Tarrant Parkway. There are currently more than 400 IKEA stores in 49 countries, including 44 in the United States.