Each day of the celebration features family-friendly activities such as "Kids eat FREE Tuesday," face painting, balloon art, story time and an appearance by the Cincinnati Museum Center. For a complete list of activities, click here.
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2. It donates to local organizations
IKEA West Chester generates a healthy profit margin, but it also gives back to numerous area organizations. Some of those who have been recipients of the retailer’s generosity are Lakota Local Schools, University of Cincinnati, Ronald McDonald House, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Artworks, Toys for Tots, Over-the-Rhine Community Housing, One Way Farm, Bethany House, First Step Home, Reach Out Lakota, Lighthouse Youth Services, Hannah’s Treasure Chest, and Cincinnati Red Cross.
3. 50 employees who started at the store are still there
The West Chester location employs 250 people, of which one-fifth are among the original employees who greeted shoppers when the store opened its doors March 12, 2008. A co-worker rally this week featured the store’s manager recognizing the milestone, plus cake and cupcakes. Employees who attained the decade-long milestone received a $500 IKEA gift card.
4. It’s eco-friendly
On Jan. 24, 2012, the store plugged-in a solar energy system installed there. The 128,000-square-foot PV array consists of a 1,026-kW system, built with 4,186 panels.
That investment by IKEA reinforces the company’s long-term commitment to sustainability and confidence in photovoltaic technology. IKEA owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings – as opposed to a solar lease or a power purchase agreement.
5. It was Ohio’s first IKEA
When it opened on 28 acres of a 56-acre parcel along I-75 at the southeastern corner of Allen and Muhlhauser roads, IKEA West Chester was the first and only Ohio store. New locations debuted 114 miles away in Columbus in June 2017 and 122 miles away near Indianapolis in October 2017.
It was the company’s sixth location in the Midwest, 34th in the nation and 274th worldwide. There are now eight IKEAs in the Midwest, 47 in the nation and 414 in 49 countries, according to the company.