MERRIAM, Kan. - Demolition begins Wednesday to make way for a new IKEA home furnishing store in Johnson County, Kan.
The plan is to demolish the entire Merriam Village Shopping Center, which has been vacant since it was built at I-35 and Johnson Drive in Merriam in 2008.
The IKEA store will be nearly 400,000 square feet. That's six times larger than the shopping center that's currently on site.
The new IKEA store is set to open in fall 2014.
IKEA is working with Heartland Habitat for Humanity to recycle and salvage as much of the vacant shopping center as possible.
Merriam City Councilman Todd Boyer says items that can be recycled include plumbing fixtures, shelving, parking signs, some landscaping and other things.
They will be used in Habitat homes and businesses throughout the metro.
Habitat for Humanity's efforts will benefit new buyers at ReStore but also help them advance their mission to service homeowners throughout the metro.
IKEA expects to regularly draw customers from six states.
The company said IKEA already has 60,000 shoppers in the Kansas City area.