IKEA to open in Sweetwater in 2014

IKEA announced that it has hired a contractor to build its Miami store and is on track for opening in Summer 2014.

Balfour Beatty Construction will oversee construction of the IKEA store to be built in Sweetwater on land adjacent to Dolphin Mall, located at the intersection of State Road 836 and Florida’s Turnpike.

The Swedish retailer known for its cheap, chic home furnishings is awaiting a building permit from the city of Sweetwater and expects to break ground within the next two months. The 417,000-square foot store would become the largest of IKEA’s four Florida locations.

The retailer has been looking for a site in Miami for nearly a decade. But the challenge has been finding a big enough piece of land with the kind of central location and highway frontage that IKEA requires. IKEA already has a store in Sunrise.