IKEA scouts interstates for Nashville location

(AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Swedish retailer IKEA is reportedly scouting areas around Music City for a second Tennessee location.

The modern furniture store is expected to open its first Tennessee location in Memphis this fall.

A spokesman told WATE 6 On Your Side’s sister station, WKRN, the company is actively looking along interstates in Nashville but so far have not found a specific location.

Ikea has a set criteria on where it will build locations; such as high visibility, highway access and at least 25 to 35 acres of land.

The retailer, whose stadium-sized furniture stores draw shoppers from miles around, says the store will increase its presence in the Southeastern U.S.

The statement released to WKRN reads, in full:

“We have already acknowledged on several occasions that we are evaluating opportunities for a Nashville store – just as we are doing in other large metropolitan areas across the country where we do not yet have a store.  We recognize that customer base that exists for us in Nashville, but have yet to commit to a timeframe, let alone a specific site.”

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