VIDEO: IKEA breaks ground in Oak Creek

Wisconsin's Morning News/Scaffidi and Bilstad

It’s a groundbreaking years in the making, and one bringing smiles to the faces of thousands in southeast Wisconsin who’ll no longer have to drive to Chicago to get their fix of inexpensive furniture and Swedish meatballs.

Shovels went into the ground this morning in Oak Creek just off of I-94, as construction on the IKEA store gets underway.

Construction on the store is expected to create about 500 jobs.

Opening of the store is tentatively planned for the summer of 2018.

WTMJ's own Steve Scaffidi, in the time he was Oak Creek's mayor, played a major part in making it happen. Listen to his experience above.

IKEA public affairs manager Joseph Roth joined Wisconsin’s Morning News with much more.

To listen, click in the SoundCloud player below. Watch the groundbreaking below as well.

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