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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Facebook Fans "Like" IKEA for Chrysler Plant, But Is It Feasible?

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 6:51 AM

Updated at end of article with response from IKEA.

"The old Chrysler plant location in Fenton, Mo., is perfect for an IKEA!"

So proclaims the Facebook site "IKEA to St. Louis! (on old Chrysler Plant property in Fenton)" that has garnered more than 12,500 "likes" online. But is it true? Is the shuttered Chrysler plant on I-44 perfect for IKEA?

We're not so sure.

In August 2010, the last time an IKEA rumor was floating around St. Louis (a new one seems to pop up every other year), we contacted Joseph Roth, a spokesman for the Swedish furniture mega-store.

Roth told us then that the company had no current plans to enter the St. Louis market. He also informed us that should an IKEA come to town, it would need a lot of space -- 30 acres -- and would "build from the ground up."

Roth could not be reached immediately for comment this time around, but Daily RFT's crack research suggests that the Chrysler plant has too much space for IKEA.


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