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#1 jefffwd

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Posted 03 March 2005 - 01:26 PM

Second IKEA Store Just Street Talk, for now :?:
By Connie Gore
Last updated: March 3, 2005 09:06am


FORT WORTH-With rumors starting to grow that IKEA is shopping the Fort Worth side of the metroplex, the chain's corporate spokesman says the region is definitely a candidate for future development, but nothing's on the books for at least two years. First, IKEA's team wants to open the 310,000-sf market entry to assess its performance.

"It doesn't mean we won't need a second one," the spokesman says. The metroplex certainly is a candidate since it meets the per store criteria for a population of two million. Fort Worth also falls into the required distance of 30 miles to 40 miles from the rising star, which is set to open in the summer.

The spokesman says all things were considered, including getting room for a second store when the Frisco Bridges location in the far north corridor was selected in early 2004. In the past month, retail brokers have started to talk about IKEA's point team, led by Jennifer Frank with the locally based Woodmont Co., canvassing the western side of the metroplex for another location. The buzz has started as three lifestyle retail developers make pitches to the City of Fort Worth about tax increment financing opportunities.

The IKEA spokesman says the 2006 pipeline is firm and Fort Worth isn't part of the plan. The 2007 development plan is now being discussed. "It's not on the radar screen for either of those years," he stresses. "Our first priority is opening Frisco. We'll talk to anyone, but we haven't committed to anyone in advance of the opening."

The Plymouth Meeting, PA-based franchisee for IKEA plans on adding four or five locations per year, according to the spokesman. The Houston store has drawn customers from all across Texas so the hubbub about more locations in a state this size is natural. "We are evaluating every major metro in the country," he says, adding scouts are out in Central Texas. "We recognize the potential customer base in the Greater Austin area," he says. "It's typically smaller than the markets we enter. Austin's not there yet."

According to corporate reports, the IKEA Group, headquartered in Sweden, operates 179 stores in 23 countries out of 202 locations in 32 nations. The balance of the footprint is coming from franchisees, of which there is one in the US. The first US store opened 20 years ago in Philadelphia.



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Posted 03 March 2005 - 01:45 PM

This would be great!

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Posted 03 March 2005 - 02:49 PM

We stopped in the Ikea in Phoenix a couple of weeks ago. I was ready to sell everything we own and buy all new stuff. The designs were COOL, and the prices were CHEAP.
The food was good too.
I hope this works out.

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Posted 03 March 2005 - 05:29 PM

Lemme tell you -- Frisco, although in the metroplex, is relatively far from Fort Worth .. to have to trudge through all that North Dallas poop just to get there can make it at least a 90 minute journey just to get there.. So, in that regard, FW is certainly far enough away to warrant another one.. Bring it! :wub:

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Posted 03 March 2005 - 06:47 PM

So, in that regard, FW is certainly far enough away to warrant another one..  Bring it!  :wub:

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I will put $$$ on a potential 2nd Metroplex IKEA being somewhere near the South Arlington / Cooper street corridor. Any takers??

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Posted 03 March 2005 - 10:25 PM

When they first announced the Frisco store, they stated that they also thought that the "western side of the area" could support another store. Most of us assumed that it would be in Tarrant County.

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Posted 03 March 2005 - 10:55 PM

So, in that regard, FW is certainly far enough away to warrant another one..  Bring it!   :wub:

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I will put $$$ on a potential 2nd Metroplex IKEA being somewhere near the South Arlington / Cooper street corridor. Any takers??

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Couldn't agree with you more. Arlington is cheaper, more centered (geographically). However, Cooper Ave. is too saturated, that is not IKEA's style unless they were there first. IKEA does not rely on the mass shopping effect from surrounding local venue exposure, they are too unique. If the city of FW REALLY wants to lure one here, they will have to put up with the kicking and screaming from the cities pride and joy's, both P1 and Bombay. IKEA's appeal is head and shoulders above P1's price structure, market penetration, quality and uniqueness. I would rather trek to Arlington than Frisco, plus you have an endelible market with Arlington's UTA student crowd, Arlington apts (heavy), sure to become new residence construction (possible highrise, condos, etc), you can always pull from FW(Apts. TCU,TWU, etc.), Weatherford(direct shot), HEB area. I'd place it where 287 meets w/ I-20, or I-30 across from Sam's before the Ball Park. ;) With any typical IKEA, they are always upfront to the highway, except for Carson, CA location. The Goodyear blimp is between that and the 405? I hope it makes it here in 007. Any takers on them building one in San Antonio ;) before another one in the metroplex/Austin?
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Posted 03 March 2005 - 11:26 PM

I will put $$$ on a potential 2nd Metroplex IKEA being somewhere near the South Arlington / Cooper street corridor.  Any takers??

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Yes :wub: .. will you give me 3:1 odds if they put it near Alliance?

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Posted 03 March 2005 - 11:56 PM

I will put $$$ on a potential 2nd Metroplex IKEA being somewhere near the South Arlington / Cooper street corridor.  Any takers??

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Yes :wub: .. will you give me 3:1 odds if they put it near Alliance?

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Alliance?Huh. We would surely have to expand I-35 lanes to a 5 laner each way. The impact with them and Cabella's, GOOD NIGHT. Alliance is cheap though and hungry. Plus the air shipping from AAirport is suitable and very cost-effective. Figure that, Alliance IKEA (basically a warehouse) taking advantage of AAir shipments from there to west Texas, NM, CO, OK and so forth. Very strategic thinking there. Hope those dorks from the FWBPress/C of C are reading into this. Let's keep this thread rollin.
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Posted 04 March 2005 - 12:07 AM

Very strategic thinking there. Hope those dorks from the FWBPress/C of C are reading into this. Let's keep this thread rollin.

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Trust me this forum is much more influential than one might think .. we've seen things happen! :wub:

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Posted 04 March 2005 - 12:25 AM

Very strategic thinking there. Hope those dorks from the FWBPress/C of C are reading into this. Let's keep this thread rollin.

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Trust me this forum is much more influential than one might think .. we've seen things happen! :wub:

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I hope so. I remember bringing this IKEA IDEA to a FW CofC rep about 2-2.5 years ago, it was before the Frisco announcement. The initial visit was for info. on joining, but I had to pry in FW's business past/future before making the decision. I wanted to know of any huge projects that FW was willing to gamble on or step up to in allowing this city to grow and be marketable on a large scale for once. I mentioned that IKEA would be ideal for the MW building and whom shall I speak to in bringing this option to the table. Well, after explaining to them what an IKEA is and what they would bring to the table for our city, they said Super Target is more of the feel for FW, bringing a much needed grocer to "downtown". Which 7th street out there hardly is for me. I guess Diana Doogan was really listening to me though, hmmh. The other person (hopeless) was just conditioned into showing me TRV plans, DFW Inc. plans and Master Plan schemes. Good grief. I certainly HOPE it really happens, we need it somewhere nearby. As for IKEA, Arlington should have been their first choice, why Frisco? That place is growing and does feed from dallas, but their market is more trendier and upscale $$$$. Go figure.
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Posted 04 March 2005 - 08:16 AM

I will put $$$ on a potential 2nd Metroplex IKEA being somewhere near the South Arlington / Cooper street corridor.  Any takers??

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Yes :wub: .. will you give me 3:1 odds if they put it near Alliance?

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I'll jump on those odds - I'll even guess a specific location in Arlington. East side of I-20 and Matlock.

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Posted 04 March 2005 - 10:52 AM

I'll jump on those odds - I'll even guess a specific location in Arlington.  East side of I-20 and Matlock.

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hm.. are you n' Dr. Cluck having secret lunches at Simply Fondue?

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Posted 04 March 2005 - 11:24 AM

I'll jump on those odds - I'll even guess a specific location in Arlington.  East side of I-20 and Matlock.

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hm.. are you n' Dr. Cluck having secret lunches at Simply Fondue?

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I wish I was that connected...I based that guess more on recent aerial photography than inside information.

Plus Simply Fondue isn't open for lunch.

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Posted 04 March 2005 - 12:32 PM

I will put $$$ on a potential 2nd Metroplex IKEA being somewhere near the South Arlington / Cooper street corridor.  Any takers??

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Yes ;) .. will you give me 3:1 odds if they put it near Alliance?

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I'll jump on those odds - I'll even guess a specific location in Arlington. East side of I-20 and Matlock.

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Arlington is decaying, old news.

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Posted 04 March 2005 - 12:57 PM

I'll jump on those odds - I'll even guess a specific location in Arlington.  East side of I-20 and Matlock.

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hm.. are you n' Dr. Cluck having secret lunches at Simply Fondue?

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I wish I was that connected...I based that guess more on recent aerial photography than inside information.

Plus Simply Fondue isn't open for lunch.

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..hence the word "Secret" :wub: .. I'm sure they'd throw on the cheese boilers for the mayor any time of day..

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Posted 04 March 2005 - 02:26 PM

Councilman Steve from Arlington, whom I know from business/dinner meeting, would love to push his town in opening one up. It could happen sooner than later. I don't know about Matlock and I-20, I think I-30 is best suitable along the fW/arlington border. A great general location for FW would be in the towns Eastside , maybe along 287 or I-30, which can spur development and jobs for the often Corp. neglected Eastside. Certainly a staple to attract bigger and better projects. I'm sure with the height of those other IKEA'S you can gaurantee a nice downtown view from the top show floors. I don't believe the Houston one has it, but the Carson, CA location sported a 3 level outdoor escalator, it was very unique to the shopping experience.
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Posted 09 February 2017 - 08:07 AM

Ikea will open in Fort Worth at I-35W and North Tarrant Parkway in summer 2019. Star-Telegram article



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Posted 09 February 2017 - 08:14 AM

I'm really surprised they didn't go for somewhere more to the southwest side of town.  Although, I'm not going to complain about being able to get to 3 locations in 30 minutes or less.



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Posted 09 February 2017 - 08:26 AM

I'm really surprised they didn't go for somewhere more to the southwest side of town.  Although, I'm not going to complain about being able to get to 3 locations in 30 minutes or less.

 

Which 3?  North Tarrant, Grand Prairie and...?  (Frisco isn't within 30 minutes is it?  Not for me, that's for sure.)


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Posted 09 February 2017 - 09:14 AM

IKEA "...has proposed a 289,000-square-foot store with 900 parking spaces at the southwestern corner of Interstate 35W and North Tarrant Parkway."

 

Ikea announces plans for store in north Fort Worth



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Posted 09 February 2017 - 09:56 AM

Ikea will open in Fort Worth at I-35W and North Tarrant Parkway in summer 2019. Star-Telegram article

 

Not surprised... kind of expected, personally. 


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Posted 09 February 2017 - 10:00 AM

 

I'm really surprised they didn't go for somewhere more to the southwest side of town.  Although, I'm not going to complain about being able to get to 3 locations in 30 minutes or less.

 

Which 3?  North Tarrant, Grand Prairie and...?  (Frisco isn't within 30 minutes is it?  Not for me, that's for sure.)

 

 

I live in the dirty suburb of Bedford, which gives me a 30 minute drive to Frisco in ideal traffic conditions.



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Posted 09 February 2017 - 10:03 AM

Ongoing discussion in a thread in one of the FW sections where we've been lusting after IKEA for more than a decade:

 

http://www.fortworth...p?showtopic=687



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Posted 09 February 2017 - 04:46 PM

Another popular furniture outlet is planned for the Fort Worth area, this one IKEA on the city's far north side (FWBP article below).  It struck me that IKEA will mean 250 new local jobs.  Then I recalled a recent announcement that GE Transportation was going to lay off 250 employees locally.  Net gain zero for Fort Worth, at least when these two corporations are counted together.

 

http://www.fortworth...a4f5c057eb.html



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Posted 24 August 2017 - 12:19 PM

Ikea will be part of a larger development evidently know as "North City"

 

http://www.northcityfw.com/

 

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Looks like

-4 large garage wrap apartments, looks to be retail in lower floors of a few (partially seen in rendering)

-2 hotels, 150 rooms each, one is 4 floors, the other 6.

-atleast 4 3 story offices, room for up to 6.

-several strip mall type areas w two large anchor stores in addition to ikea.

-About a dozens pad sites for restraunts, gas stations, banks, etc.



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Posted 24 August 2017 - 12:28 PM

Not a bad concept. Very appropriate for the area.

I know a lot of the new large developments are focusing on Millennials but for the life of me can they come up with something new besides "Live. Work. Play. Eat... etc.". That has been overdone to death.

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 12:36 PM

Ikea will be part of a larger development evidently know as "North City"

 

http://www.northcityfw.com/

 

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Looks like

-4 large garage wrap apartments, looks to be retail in lower floors of a few (partially seen in rendering)

-2 hotels, 150 rooms each, one is 4 floors, the other 6.

-atleast 4 3 story offices, room for up to 6.

-several strip mall type areas w two large anchor stores in addition to ikea.

-About a dozens pad sites for restraunts, gas stations, banks, etc.

 

That... seems out of place, as far as the proposed location for this goes.


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Posted 25 August 2017 - 06:33 PM

Looks nicer than your typical suburban development.


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Posted 25 August 2017 - 06:47 PM

Looks nicer than your typical suburban development.

 

Has a bit of a half baked new urbanism feel.



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Posted 25 August 2017 - 07:12 PM

Something I notice on the site plan- North Tarrant will curve south to cross 287, and Harmon Road will curve west to cross 287.


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Posted 26 August 2017 - 03:29 AM

 

Looks nicer than your typical suburban development.

 

Has a bit of a half baked new urbanism feel.

 

The one thing that rubs me the wrong way about such developments. Are the fake second and third story some put in new developments. I not saying this will have them ? I guess back in the day a ground floor was the retail. And the second story was used for office and storage. Today most retail has daily shipments from UPS and FedEx. So a second story is not needed. But developers still want a so called nice looking second third floor. But why  cant developers make a REAL second third floor for residential ? 







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