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October 14, 2008
Ikea has started a recruitment effort to hire 400 people for a store in Charlotte, N.C., that will open in Spring 2009. It will be the Swedish retailer’s 36th store in the United States, fifth in the Southeast and first in the Carolinas.
“We are thrilled to offer interested job seekers diverse positions with limitless opportunity at a global company,” said Richard Castanon, who was named store manager last month.
Ikea has been named in Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for three consecutive years. An announcement Monday stated that Ikea is committed to a flexible workplace that emphasizes a work/life balance. If an Ikea coworker needs to take time off to find a nursing home for an aging parent, be home to kiss their child before bed or have flexible scheduling to best juggle caring for a newborn, one can do so without worrying about risking career aspirations. Benefits including full medical/dental insurance to coworkers working 20 hours or more per week with eligibility for domestic partners and children. Other benefits include: vacation, paid maternity/paternity leave and paid time off for child adoption, tuition assistance, 401(k) match, professional development, training and mentoring programs and a discount on Ikea purchases.
Under construction on 25 acres at the corner of Interstate 85 and City Boulevard, the 356,000-square-foot Ikea Charlotte will offer more than 10,000 items and will have a 350-seat restaurant. In addition to Charlotte, Ikea will open a store in Tampa, Fla., in the summer of 2009. It will add to more than 280 locations in 36 countries.