IKEA says they have no plans for Nashville store - WSMV Channel 4

IKEA says they have no plans for Nashville store

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Rumors are flying once again about the world's largest furniture store possibly looking to set up shop in Nashville.  However, a spokesperson with the store says Nashville doesn't have a large enough population.

The latest chatter comes from a Nashville company that routinely does business with IKEA.

"ModerNash Furniture Supply is a company that specializes in the delivery and assembly of IKEA products. So, we're kind of the IKEA presence here in Nashville, and we make weekly runs to IKEA in Atlanta," said Ryan Gingerich, general manager of ModerNash.

On a recent trip, Gingerich said the group heard talk that Music City was on a list of possible locations for IKEA to open another store.

"We've got our people down there that we talk to, and that we're good friends with - that we've developed good relationships with - and they have relayed to us that there are some serious rumors about IKEA possibly coming to Nashville," Gingerich said.

That is a rumor that shopper Moe Laliberte said would be great for Nashville and Middle Tennessee if it comes true.

"It's probably one of the cities in the U.S. that could support IKEA that doesn't have one. So, I think it would be a great thing," Laliberte said.

If the Sweden-based furniture giant does make the leap to Music City, Gingerich said he doesn't expect it to hurt his business. Rather, he said it could actually bring more people through the door.

"With them here, it would bring more of that part of the business to us, and it would be awesome," he said.

"We talk to a lot of people and have a lot of conversations about economic development, and we'll continue to do that. And I'm not in a position to comment one way or another on that," Dean said.

A day after this story aired on Channel 4, an IKEA spokesperson said the company typically targets cities with a population of 2 million people.  They said they have no plans to open a store in Middle Tennessee.

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