The opening Wisconsin's first IKEA store is getting closer but it's still more than a year away.
The company announced Wednesday that it has hired contractors for the project that is scheduled to break ground in Oak Creek this summer and open in summer 2018.
Chicago-based Pepper Construction has been hired as the general contractor for the 291,000-square-foot store that is about a third larger than a Woodman's Market. Pepper is in the midst of constructing stores in Columbus, Ohio, and Fishers, Indiana. Other companies assisting in the project include CBRE for site selection support; Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren for local land use counsel; Graef for civil engineering; WD Partners for architecture, structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing design; Stantec for environmental services; and GreenbergFarrow for development services.
The Oak Creek store, about 12 miles south of downtown Milwaukee at Interstate 94 and Drexel Avenue, will feature 50 room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 300-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes. The construction project will create about 500 jobs and the store will have about 250 employees.
The closest IKEA stores for shoppers in Wisconsin are in Chicago suburbs Schaumburg and Bolingbrook, Illinois, and Bloomington, Minnesota. The company has 390 stores in 48 countries, including 43 in the U.S.
There are no announced plans for a second Wisconsin location.