(Carl Cronan is editor of Real EstateFlorida.)

TAMPA, FL-Ikea’s grand entrance into Florida last fall continues to hold strong, with giant walls being erected for its third location here. Crowds are continuing to flock to the Swedish home furnishing chain’s first statewide stores in Sunrise and Orlando.

A 353,000-sf store with surface parking for 1,700 vehicles continues on a 29-acre industrial redevelopment site at Adamo Drive and 22nd Street, just south of Tampa’s Ybor City historic district. The location is on schedule to open next summer and will be Ikea’s sixth in the Southeast, developed in only the last three years, as well as its 37th nationwide and among nearly 300 worldwide.

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