Work opportunities are increasing for IKEA’s first store in Wisconsin, which is planned for Oak Creek.
IKEA, a Swedish furniture and accessories retailer, announced plans in May to open a new store in the Milwaukee suburb.
The company is inviting contractors to bid on the project, which is expected to get underway in the summer. Plans call for the 295,000-square-foot store to be built just off Interstate 94’s interchange with West Drexel Avenue in Oak Creek.
According to the bid advertisement, which is published in The Daily Reporter’s JobTrac section on Thursday, the building will include warehouse and stocking space, product displays, cafeteria-style restaurants, a bistro, a children’s play area and a sales area.
One of the companies that IKEA has invited to bid on the project is Fitchburg-based Tri-North Builders. An IKEA spokesman declined to name the other companies.
IKEA will most likely name its general contractor on the project sometime in the spring, the spokesman said. In choosing contractors for its projects, the company uses “comprehensive and thorough” procedures to identify and evaluate bidders who can handle the work, said the spokesman.
Bids on the IKEA store are due on Friday, according to the advertisement.
The solicitation comes a few months after Oak Creek officials sought bids for various other projects related to the future IKEA store. That work includes the addition of sewers, water mains, paving and lighting. Oak Creek-based C.W. Purpero has submitted a bid of about $2.1 million for that work.
When IKEA officials first announced in May that they intended to build the new store, Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi said the project would require 500 workers.
“When you build a building the size of that building, you put construction people to work,” he said in May. “In this state, that’s really important. So an estimated 500 people working on this project to get it up and running by summer 2018, that’s significant.”Follow @alexzank