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Lighting and tables and bookcases, oh my!

Wisconsin is getting its first Ikea this month. On May 16th, the flat-packed furniture powerhouse is opening an Oak Creek outpost, at 7500 S Ikea Way (yup, the town is giving the company its own street name).

The sprawling single-story store will boast 293,000 square feet of retail space, 1,000 parking spots, a 300-seat restaurant, 50 room displays and three model home interiors. 

You can see some interior shots of the new space here:

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And what, beyond Swedish meatballs and affordably priced furniture, should you expect on opening day?

The store will officially open at 9 a.m., but employees are permitting eager shoppers into the parking lot as early as 5 a.m. And they plan to keep the crowd entertained with musical guests and gift card giveaways (ranging in value from $250 to $2,000). The first 200 kids, 12 and under, inside the store will receive a heart-shaped stuffed toy. And the first 1,000 adults will get a swag bag.

Shoppers who would prefer to avoid long lines, and sharp elbows, on opening day can opt to order what they want online and have Ikea employees deliver their purchases directly to their home for an additional fee (starting at $29).

And good news for those of you who love those little meatballs (the company apparently sells two million of them a day) – they’ll be available fresh at the on-site restaurant and frozen at a “marketplace” located near the registers. Meaning that you can enjoy them from the comfort of your own home, maybe while leaning back in a Poang chair or kicking your feet up on a Lack end table.

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