IKEA heads for Miami-Dade county

Popular Swedish home furnishings store works on fourth Florida location

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SWEETWATER, Fla. - The popular Swedish home furnishings retailer IKEA appears to be headed to Miami-Dade.

"We are thrilled with the reception afforded IKEA since entering the state nearly five years ago, so we are excited to submit plans for IKEA Miami where we can grow our Florida and southeastern U.S. reach," said Mike Ward, IKEA U.S. president.

If the city of Sweetwater approves the plan, the chic store would open north of the Dolphin Mall and facing the east side of the Florida Turnpike.

The 417,000-square feet store would be built on 14.6 acre site.  It would be 40% bigger than its shop in Sunrise, with 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children's play area, and a 500-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes.

Construction could start as early as next spring with a fall 2014 grand opening.

This would be IKEA's fourth location in Florida.  The other sites are in Orlando, Tampa, and Sunrise.

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