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IKEA finally opens one week from today in Oak Creek.

First Look: IKEA Oak Creek, which opens next week

If you've been following the progress at the new IKEA store in Oak Creek via OnMilwaukee, you got to see early photos of its build-out and more recent ones as the huge store began to take shape.

Today we returned to show you the (nearly) finished product as the store prepares to open on Wednesday, May 16 at 9 a.m.

Parking lots at the store, just west of I-94 at Drexel Avenue (on a new road called IKEA Way), will open at 5 a.m. that day and there will be a ceremonial log-cutting -- a Swedish tradition -- at about 8.

"We are excited to be opening our 48th store in the U.S. and our very first store in Wisconsin," said Samantha Gravina, store manager, on the occasion of a media preview this morning.

"We have received such a warm welcome from the Milwaukee-area, and we want to return the favor by welcoming our shoppers with food, fun and iconic IKEA products."

There will be a variety of family-friendly opening day events, plus discounts and thousands of dollars' worth of gift cards given away next Wednesday, including $10 gift cards in a swag bag for the first 1,000 adult customers. The first 200 kids 12 and under will get a free plush toy.

Throughout the day there will be drawings for gift cards ranging from $250 to $2,000.

Every customer making a purchase will get a free IKEA bag and when folks use their IKEA Family card for a purchase of $125 or more between opening day and May 28 they will get $20 off their next purchase of $100 or more in an email.

Complete opening day info can be found on the IKEA Oak Creek website.

Here are some photos taken inside the new IKEA this morning:

The children's play area

Love the subway map signage

Lounge area

Restaurant seating

Of course, meatballs ...

... but also potato pancakes!

Some of the display areas

Self-service furniture pickup area

The food market


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