IKEA hiring for new distribution center

Swedish big-box home goods retailer IKEA is set to start hiring for its seventh distribution center in North America, planned near Tacoma, Wash.

The new 1 million-square-foot distribution center in Pierce County, Wash., will have 125 employees.

The northwestern area distribution center will allow the retailer to receive goods at the Port of Tacoma, to manage its inventory and to distribute product to stores throughout North America, with a focus on IKEA stores in the Pacific Northwest, the company said in a statement.

The first phase of the project consists of an 834,000-square-foot facility to be operational by spring 2008, with a potential future expansion of approximately 220,000 square feet.

The distribution center will provide the primary inventory to four IKEA stores in western Canada; one in Renton, Wash; and stores that opened this year in Draper, Utah, and Portland, Ore. The facility also will be able to supply other stores across the country as needed, the company said.