After nearly two years of anticipation, Swedish retailer IKEA has opened the doors of its new store in Fishers. The 289,000-square-foot store has begun welcoming customers, many of whom had been camping out at the location since Monday.
The grand opening is the culmination of plans first announced in November 2015. IKEA broke ground on the facility in October 2016. On Monday, Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness told Inside INdiana Business the IKEA store, along with other investments including Topgolf and Portillos, are adding to a growing community.
When the project was announced, the $40 million facility was expected to create 250 jobs. Richard Feinberg, professor of consumer sciences at Purdue university, says IKEA is the world’s most sought-after retailer, attracting consumers from a 200-mile radius.
"IKEA is a tourist destination above and beyond its retail function," said Feinberg. “People go to have an entertaining afternoon. The arrival of this store is a signal that Indianapolis in in the top ranks of retailing and should be a significant sign to other national retailers who have yet to consider Indianapolis as worthy of their stores."
Feinberg will discuss the IKEA opening and other developments in Fishers this weekend on Inside INdiana Business Television. You can find out when the show will air in your area by clicking here.