IKEA’s coming to Nashville; 2nd store to open in Tennessee

FILE - This is a Wednesday, June 18, 2008 file photo of the Ikea logo is shown on the side of the warehouse-sized store during the grand opening of New York City's first Ikea. Ikea has a message for people wanting to converge on its stores for giant games of hide and seek: Go play someplace else. The phenomenon has taken off online in the Netherlands where a whopping 19,000 people signed up to a Facebook group promoting a game at Ikea's Amsterdam branch next month. Another 13,000 signed up for a game in the Ikea store in the city of Utrecht. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – It’s happening. IKEA is coming to Nashville.

It will be located at the up-and-coming 300-acre development between Cane Ridge and Old Franklin roads. Crews are expected to break ground in early 2019 and the store will open in the summer of 2020.

The Nashville store is expected to bring 250 new jobs and will offer 1,100 parking spaces and will include a supervised play area for children.

“We look forward to contributing to the economic growth here in Nashville and Davidson County,” officials said during the official news conference.

There have long been on and off again efforts to bring IKEA to the city for years, including trying to get them to buy property at the old Bellevue mall.  The property was sold by the Lee Beaman family to Oldacre McDonald, which owns that large piece of Antioch property.

Currently, there are 43 IKEA stores in the U.S. It will be the second store to open in Tennessee. The first opened in Memphis last fall.

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