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.