“Ikea Department Store Opened in Las Vegas” By Sandy Zimmerman (Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)
I was invited to Ikea’s Grand Opening Press Preview Event, a time to dine at their restaurant and leisurely take a tour to see everything they have to offer.
Ikea arranged a buffet for lunch with a lady slicing the ham and a selection of some of their special Swedish dishes- two types of sustainable salmon.
Ikea feels salmon and herring are excellent sources of nutrients and better for the planet. All of their salmon are responsibly farmed as well as the herring and shrimp come from well-managed, sustainable fisheries.
I especially enjoyed their three different styles of Swedish meat balls- Chicken, Vegetable and Pork. With something for vegetarians and the others can be served Swedish-style with mash, lingonberry jam and cream sauce-just like in the Ikea Restaurant.
One table was filled with fruit, a cake, cookies, pie, Danish and other sweets to make sure everyone knows about their luscious desserts.
The large dining room is inviting with several windows and decorative lighting. The diners can see across the room as there are few walls to hinder vision.
Appearing at the opening of IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, Clark County Commissioner Susan Brager, and Deputy Chief of Mission for the Swedish Embassy Göran Lithell joined IKEA U.S. president Lars Petersson and store manager Amy Jensen in the official opening of the new store.
IKEA Las Vegas is the Swedish company’s 1st store and restaurant destination in Nevada, 42nd in the United States, and 385th worldwide. The 351,000 square-foot future IKEA Las Vegas store, with 1,300 parking spaces, was built on 26 acres along the northern side of the 215 Beltway at S. Durango Drive, near Sunset Road. The store will reflect the unique architectural design for which IKEA is known worldwide, and host Nevada’s largest single-use retail rooftop solar array, consistent with the solar presence at 90% of its U.S. locations.
The May 18 ceremony included State Senator Becky Harris raising the U.S. flag, Honorary Swedish Consul for Nevada Lena Walther raising the Swedish flag and State Assemblyman David Gardner raising the state flag of Nevada. Individual store coworkers will sing the respective American and Swedish national anthems, and “America the Beautiful,” and a sign language interpreter will accompany opening remarks. Entertainment for customers waiting in line will begin at 6 a.m. PDT on opening day. “Just as the IKEA store concept will introduce a new way of shopping for the home, we want customers waiting in line to visit our store to enjoy the unique experience too,” said Amy Jensen, IKEA Las Vegas store manager.
Ikea’s Department Store has grown beginning at their home in Sweden to reach across the world from Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, Asia, Australia, Iceland, Caribbean, Canada and the United States.
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