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IKEA Celebrates Grand Opening of Oak Creek, WI Store


IKEA, the world's leading home furnishings retailer, today opened the
doors of its Oak Creek store to customers at 9 a.m. CDT. Before the
doors opened, Store Manager Samantha Gravina, Oak Creek Mayor Dan
Bukiewicz, the Swedish Embassy's Head of Public Diplomacy, Monica
Enqvist and IKEA U.S. Senior Vice President Anton van Dongen were
present to welcome the community with a traditional Swedish log-sawing
ceremony, bringing good luck to the new store and its guests.

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IKEA celebrates grand opening of Oak Creek, WI store, greeting customers with family-friendly events ...

IKEA celebrates grand opening of Oak Creek, WI store, greeting customers with family-friendly events, special offers and thousands of dollars in gift cards - as won by Gregory Carrillo pictured here. (Photo: Business Wire)

Throughout the day, shoppers will be greeted with family-friendly
events, special offers and thousands of dollars in gift cards—including
three (3) gift cards valued at $500, $1,500 and $2,000 that were given
out during the opening ceremony. Throughout the entire day,
visitors who join IKEA
or scan their IKEA
card in-store at an IKEA FAMILY kiosk, info tower, tablet or
during checkout, will also be automatically entered for a chance to win
a $250 IKEA Gift Card through the IKEA FAMILY loyalty program. Winners
will be randomly drawn every hour during store open hours.

"We are so proud to serve the Milwaukee area community with our unique
IKEA shopping experience and affordable home furnishing solutions," said
Samantha Gravina, store manager. "The community has been so welcoming
and today's grand opening reflects that excitement. You can feel the
enthusiasm of our co-workers and customers as soon as you enter the

The 290,000-square foot IKEA Oak Creek is the first IKEA store in the
state of Wisconsin and boasts one of the largest rooftop solar arrays in
the state. The store's 225,000-square-foot solar array consists of a
1.63 MW system and is built with 4,716 panels. It will produce
approximately 2,046,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store, which
is equivalent to reducing 1,678 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2),
the emissions of 326 cars or providing electricity for 228 homes yearly
(calculating clean energy equivalents at This
installation will represent the 52nd solar project for IKEA
in the U.S., contributing to the IKEA solar presence atop 90% of its
U.S. locations, with a total generation of more than 42 MW.

IKEA, drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, believes
it can do good business while minimizing impacts on the environment. In
addition to the solar array, IKEA Oak Creek co-workers have begun to
volunteer in the community, most recently donating thousands of dollars
in furniture and furnishings to the Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha.


With IKEA Oak Creek now open, there are 416 IKEA stores in 49 countries,
including 48 in the U.S. Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has
offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so
the majority of people can afford them. IKEA has been included in
rankings of "Best Companies to Work For" and strives to be an employer
of choice. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and
supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more
information see,
or IKEAUSA on Facebook,
and Pinterest.

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