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For years, design-minded residents of St. Louis, Kansas City, and surrounding towns have bemoaned their region's "Ikea desert". To get one's hands on a BILLY bookcase required driving hours to Chicago, Minneapolis, or - much more recently - Denver. According to an Ikea press release that gaping hole in the Central Midwest will be filled in 2014…

Slated for the Kansas City suburb of Merriam, Kansas, Ikea plans to open a new, 350,000 square-foot store on the site of a former shopping center. Kansas Citians are generally ecstatic about the news after years of rumors and local efforts like a nearly-10,000-person Facebook group called "Bring Ikea to Kansas City".

Read more about the store's features and a bit on Ikea's 39th store, also slated for a 2014 opening, in the Miami area at Furniture Today.

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