The iconic blue exterior panels are placed on the future
IKEA building in Oak Creek. The store is expected to
open next summer.
OAK CREEK — The blue
composite panels that give IKEA its recognizable
appearance are being installed on the future store in
First, the steel framing had to be constructed on the
home furnishings retailer that will open at the
northwestern corner of Interstate 94 and Drexel Avenue.
According to the Tuesday announcement from IKEA,
installation of the blue panels is a construction
milestone keeping the store on track to open in summer
Once finished, the Oak Creek IKEA will measure 290,000
square feet and have about 1,000 parking spaces on 29
acres. IKEA has contracted with Pepper Construction to
build the project, and store plans reflect the same
unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are
“With IKEA Oak Creek taking shape and the blue paneling
now going up, we continue to be on track for a grand
opening next Summer,” said Lars Petersson, IKEA U.S.
president, in a statement. “We hope to be enclosed by
winter, and cannot wait to begin transforming the
building’s interior to look like an IKEA store as well.
We know there are many customers in the area who are
excited for us to open, including those who are driving
great distances to shop at our other stores as well
those who have yet to experience the unique IKEA
The future IKEA Oak Creek will feature nearly 10,000
exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational
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.
About 500 jobs are expected to be created as part of the
construction period for the new IKEA and 250 people will
be employed by IKEA for the Oak Creek store when it
opens. Hiring will begin next year.