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City Council member Danny Becton, Ikea U.S. president Lars Petersson, Jacksonville Office of Economic Development executive director Kirk Wendland and store manager Leontyne Green Sykes saw a Florida palm log.

Jacksonville Ikea opens to crowds, sawing

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 |

City Council member Danny Becton, Ikea U.S. president Lars Petersson, Jacksonville Office of Economic Development executive director Kirk Wendland and store manager Leontyne Green Sykes saw a Florida palm log.

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Prizes await the first customers to enter the store.

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 |

Prizes await the first customers to enter the store.

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Customers wait for the grand opening.

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 |

Customers wait for the grand opening.

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Ikea’s staff of about 325 was on hand to welcome customers at the grand opening.

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 |

Ikea’s staff of about 325 was on hand to welcome customers at the grand opening.

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“We are as excited about opening this store as you are about it opening,” Ikea store manager Leontyne Green Sykes told the crowd.

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 |

“We are as excited about opening this store as you are about it opening,” Ikea store manager Leontyne Green Sykes told the crowd.

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Hundreds of people lined up outside the Jacksonville Ikea store for the grand opening Wednesday morning.

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 |

Hundreds of people lined up outside the Jacksonville Ikea store for the grand opening Wednesday morning.

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Amid balloons and welcoming employees, the first customers enter the Ikea store.

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 |

Amid balloons and welcoming employees, the first customers enter the Ikea store.

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