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Ikea Miami on plan for summer 2014

Conshohocken, Pa. - Swedish home furnishings chain is one step close to fun in the sun in Miami.

The retailer today said contractors have been hired and a building permit is pending for its future Miami-Dade store.

Groundbreaking is expected to take place within the next two months, with the store opening in summer 2014. It will mark Ikea's second South Florida store - the first one being in Broward County's Sunrise area. Two other Florida Ikea stores are located in Orlando and Tampa.

The 417,000 square-foot future Ikea Miami will be built in the City of Sweetwater adjacent to the Dolphin Mall, and located west of Miami International Airport at the intersection of the Dolphin Expressway (SR 836) and Florida's Turnpike.

Ikea also will evaluate solar generation potential for the store to complement the presence of renewable energy generation at nearly 90% of its current U.S. locations.

There are currently 340 IKEA stores in 40 countries, including 38 in the U.S.

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