NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – It’s happening. IKEA is coming to Nashville.
The store will be located just 13 miles outside of downtown Nashville at the up-and-coming, 300-acre development between Cane Ridge and Old Franklin roads.
Oldacre McDonald, a local development company, bought the property several years ago. It was once owned by the Beaman and Turner families for generations.
“We wanted something to come here that would turn the farm into something as important to you all as the farm has been to us,” May Jane Turner Hurt told News 2.
The new IKEA will boast 341,000 square feet of space with 1,100 parking spots for shoppers, as well as a supervised play area for children.
“It’s like a theme park of a furniture store, I suppose. You go from one section to the next section to the next section. It’s all laid out,” said Antioch resident Wyatt Wallace.
It will also generate 500 construction jobs and 250 retail jobs once it opens.
“Over the last five years, if you watch, we have attracted about 12 new companies in our area, and we are steady working to position ourselves as Nashville’s second largest employment center,” said Councilwoman Jacobia Dowell.
Crews are expected to break ground on the store in early 2019. It will open the summer of 2020.
There have long been on and off again efforts to bring IKEA to the city, including trying to get them to buy property at the old Bellevue mall. It will be the second store to open in Tennessee. The first opened in Memphis last fall.
IKEA was founded in Sweden in 1943. There are nearly 400 stores in 48 countries, including 43 in the U.S.