Social Media is a beautiful thing!

A Facebook petition to bring an IKEA store to Las Vegas, yes — got thousands of likes, yes–brought recognition to the fact that Las Vegas residents had been hoping this was going to happen for many years, yes! And yes, those who eagerly participated would like to think it made a difference. Well maybe yes, maybe no, it sure didn’t hurt —

IKEA is coming — 350,000 square feet and 26 acres. Located in the southwest part of the Las Vegas valley, it is scheduled to open in the summer of 2016. It will create over 1,000 construction jobs and upon completion will employ over 300 workers, who if work 20 hours or more, receive full benefits. Positions include sales, customer service, food service, human resources and accounting.

Las Vegas who works diligently to bring big business to its city is ecstatic over IKEA’s decision to move here. “We don’t open that many stores and we don’t do it often. Las Vegas is one of those metropolitan areas that has been on the cusp of being big enough to warrant it,” said Joseph Roth, IKEA spokesman. He also added that IKEA looks for locations with 2 million people within a 40 to 60 mile radius and Clark County’s population just hit the mark recently.

Las Vegas residents had to drive over 4 hours, 250 miles, to either Costa Mesa or Covina, California to get to their nearest IKEA store. Once there, always asking the question of when will they open a store more conveniently located in Las Vegas.

IKEA has 38 stores in the U.S., and also in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Caribbean. Comparable store sales have increased by 6.7 percent and e-commerce sales by a whopping 65 percent.

The new Las Vegas location will feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s IKEA play area, and a 450-seat restaurant serving their infamous Swedish meatballs (you’ve got to try them) and other unique specialities.

WOW Las Vegas, how can you not love IKEA?