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ROUND ROCK, TX-Ikea has tied up 21.5 acres in this suburb north of Austin for a new store. Pending approvals and permits, construction should begin early next year and the new store should open in early 2007. The landowner is Endeavor Real Estate Group of Austin, TX.The would-be development site is at the southeast corner of the Interstate 35-Chandler Road interchange. The building is planned to be 252,000 sf and include four model homes, 50 room settings, a supervised children’s play area and a 250-seat restaurant. The site has been designed with 1,100 parking stalls. Endeavor Group principal Chris Ellis did not return a phone call seeking comment. The store will be Ikea’s third in the state. The company’s Frisco store opened earlier this month. The company’s store in Houston has been open since 1992 but moved to a new location this time last year. In addition to the temporary construction jobs, Ikea says the store will employ between 250 and 300 people when the store opens.IKEA currently has more than 215 stores in 33 countries, including 24 in the U.S. New stores are currently being planned for Bolingbrook, IL; Brooklyn, NY; Canton, MI; Dublin, CA; Somerville, MA; Stoughton, MA; and West Sacramento, CA..

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