7 Things to Know About the New Ikea Store Opening in Grand Prairie

Ikea opens its second North Texas store in Grand Prairie on Wednesday on State Highway 161 and Mayfield Road, just north of Interstate 20. Here are a few things to note:1. It hopes to attract urban shoppers. While the store is located in southwest Dallas County, it's also going after urban dwellers in and around downtown Dallas. Last weekend, Ikea brought its virtual reality experience in a shipping container to Klyde Warren Park. Hundreds of people explored the details of the yellow and turquoise living room setting featured on the current Ikea catalog. "Downtown Dallas residents can get to this store and back home in an hour if they're familiar with the store," said Grand Prairie Ikea manager Matt Hunsicker. There are maps, people.2. Online shopping is encouraged. You can skip the warehouse portion of the unique Ikea shopping experience by shopping online and picking up in store. It's free and located at the front entrance. And if you don't want to make that one-hour downtown to Grand Prairie round trip, deliveries from stores and for online purchases start at $59. Because Ikea draws shoppers from big distances, the new store and one that's opening in 2019 in Fort Worth will form a triangle to cover the region. Ikea opened its first store in the market in 2005 in Frisco and always said there was a plan to its expansions. To help keep shipping costs down, Ikea said in November that it's opening a distribution center in Baytown.  Continue reading...

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