IKEA is Coming to St. Louis City

By Christopher Reilly
In Culture
IKEA in Bolingbrook, Illinois (Photo extracted from Google maps)

IKEA in Bolingbrook, Illinois (Photo extracted from Google maps)

It has finally happened. IKEA is coming to St. Louis, several sources are reporting. An official announcement is expected on Wednesday, Dec. 4. The St. Louis IKEA will be located at the southwest corner of Vandeventer and Forest Park Avenues within the CORTEX development area in Midtown. The closest IKEA to St. Louis is in Bolingbrook, Illinois, located about 260 miles from the city.

The report comes after months of speculation regarding St. Louis as a possible IKEA location. An IKEA is currently under construction in Merriam, KS outside Kansas City. At the time the Kansas City IKEA was announced, many believed it eliminated St. Louis as a potential location. Though exact numbers have yet to be released, sources say the St. Louis store will be larger than Kansas City’s, which will be 359,000 square feet upon completion. The IKEA story was first reported by nextSTL.com.

IKEA is just the latest project to come to the Midtown corridor. One such high-profile project is City Walk, a Central West End apartment project that will break ground soon, which will also feature a Whole Foods Market occupying 28,000 square feet on the first floor plus 10,000 square feet below street level. The building—to be located at Euclid and Pine—was to originally feature 150 apartments. Once Whole Foods came on board, a seventh floor was added bringing the total number to 177 apartments.

Here are additional projects planned for the Central Corridor:

  • A $24 million apartment development of the Missouri Theatre building in Grand Center into 108 apartments, which could very well grow into a larger project that would add another 125 apartments next door.
  • Near Forest Park and Vandeventer the Laclede Lofts apartment project in a former pharmaceutical plant on Laclede Avenue will add 50 apartments.
  • At Euclid and Lindell Boulevard, Opus Development Co. is proposing a $61.5 million 12-story luxury apartment building where rents are expected to go as high as $5,000 per month.
  • Meanwhile, biotech development in the CORTEX district is hugely successful, and the BJC HealthCare and Washington University medical complex continues its ten year, $1 billion expansion.

Stay tuned for updates on this project as details become available.

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