LIVE OAK, Texas – Contractors have officially been hired to build the IKEA store in Live Oak, the retailer announced Thursday morning.
IKEA has hired Tribble & Stephens to serve as construction manager. It's the same construction company that IKEA used for its Houston and Round Rock stores.
This milestone keeps IKEA on track for a summer 2019 opening, with groundbreaking expected to begin in spring 2018.
The store will be built on a 31-acre plot at the southwest corner of I-35 and Loop 1604.
The 289,000-square-foot IKEA in Live Oak is expected to add 500 jobs during the construction phase and 250 jobs once the store opens.
Currently, the closest IKEA stores are located in Houston and Round Rock.
“This San Antonio-area store will provide a more convenient IKEA shopping experience for current and potential customers throughout South Texas who may live too far from IKEA Houston and IKEA Round Rock. With contractors on board, plans can proceed towards opening the future IKEA Live Oak store,” said Lars Petersson, Ikea U.S. president.
There are currently 410 IKEA stores in 49 countries.
Other contractors chosen for the project include: real estate brokerage Segovia Retail Group for site selection support; Stantec for civil engineering; WD Partners for architecture, structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing design; Raba Kistner Consultants, Inc. for geotechnical engineering; Code Consultants, Inc. for fire protection and fire alarm engineering; and GreenbergFarrow for development services.