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The Swedish home furnishings store Ikea announced Wednesday it has plans to open a second South Florida location.
The store is submitting plans for a Sweetwater location west of Miami International Airport. Pending approval, construction could begin in the spring of 2013, with an opening scheduled for the fall of 2014.
Ikea is proposing a 417,000 square-foot store above two parking levels. The first South Florida store is in Sunrise.
“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's U.S. president. “This proposed store would complement our South Florida presence established in Sunrise and bring the unique family-friendly shopping experience closer to existing and new Miami-Dade customers.”
The store is expected to create 500 construction jobs and 400 retail positions, the company said.
Ikea first opened in Sweden in 1943 and currently has locations in 40 countries.