IKEA, a Swedish home furnishing retailer, announced Thursday plans to open a 290,000-square-foot store on Nov. 8 at 7801 Gateway Parkway in Jacksonville, Fla.
Customers will be allowed to start lining up at the store as early as Nov. 6 ahead of grand opening promotions, according to a company news release.
The store will be about two hours and 30 minutes away from Bluffton.
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Currently Bluffton residents would have to drive about four hours to visit the closest IKEA stores in Atlanta, Charlotte or Orlando.
The Jacksonville store will feature 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 room settings, three model home interiors, a children’s play area, along with a 275-seat restaurant serving the store’s famous Swedish meatballs along with lingonberries and salmon plates, according to its news release. It says American dishes also will be served.
The store will be the company’s 46th location in the United States.