Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / IKEA appoints Monica Varela Manager of Future Tampa Bay Store
IKEA appoints Monica Varela Manager of Future Tampa Bay Store
17
Dec '08
IKEA, the world's leading home furnishings retailer, announced the appointment of Monica Varela as store manager for its future store on track to open Summer 2009 in Tampa, FL. It will be the Swedish company's 3rd store and restaurant destination in Florida, 6th in the Southeast, and 37th in the United States. Until the 353,000-square-foot future IKEA Tampa opens in Summer 2009, customers can shop at existing Florida IKEA stores in Orlando and Sunrise or at its website.

“We are very excited about opening a store in the Tampa Bay area, where there are many IKEA customers as well as others who may not know us yet but are anxious for us to open,” said IKEA North America president Pernille Lopez. “Monica's retail store experience with IKEA, as well as her product life-cycle management expertise, has prepared her for managing this store in Tampa.”

“IKEA recognizes the strong customer base for us in the Tampa Bay area, so I am pleased about providing these 100,000 customers with a store of their own,” Varela said. “Also, I look forward to introducing new customers to our unique family-friendly shopping experience and wide selection of stylish, functional and affordable home furnishings.”

Varela, who relocated to the Tampa area from South Florida, started at IKEA after working at several department store chains. A native of Havana who grew up in Barcelona and Philadelphia, Varela joined IKEA in 1989 as U.S. sales manager responsible for textiles. In 1997, she moved to France to be a commercial/supply manager within the IKEA Distribution Services team. Two years later, Varela joined IKEA Spain as the country sales leader, and then as assistant store manger for sales at a Madrid-area IKEA store. In 2004, Varela returned to the U.S. as assistant store manager for sales at IKEA Elizabeth (NJ) near New York City. Three years later, Varela was named deputy store manager at IKEA Sunrise (FL) where she served until now becoming store manager of IKEA Tampa.

Under construction on 29 acres along Adamo Drive at 22nd Street and the Crosstown Expressway, near Ybor City, IKEA Tampa will present 50 different room settings, three complete model homes, a supervised children's play area, and a 350-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries or salmon plates, as well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features include a 'Children's IKEA' area in the showroom, baby care rooms, preferred parking and play areas throughout the store. IKEA Tampa also will offer services such as home delivery, furniture assembly, kitchen installation and in-store consultations.

Additionally, IKEA Tampa brings job creation, with 400 coworkers joining the IKEA family when the new store opens. Candidates interested in working at this employer of choice should look online (www.IKEA-USA.com) for all positions available at the future IKEA Tampa store, where they soon can apply for diverse positions available in: home furnishings sales, interior decoration, customer service, safety and security, cashiers, maintenance, goods flow, receiving, warehouse and stock replenishment.

Must ReadView All

Apparel/Garments | On 28th May 2017

Over 45% US retailers to use AI in next 3 years: Report

Over 45 per cent retailers in the US plan to utilise artificial...

Neelesh Hundekari speaking at the event. Courtesy: Subir Ghosh

Textiles | On 27th May 2017

Fabric of Change initiative announces €250000 scaling fund

The Fabric of Change initiative of Ashoka and the C&A Foundation is...

Apparel/Garments | On 28th May 2017

Naked Brand, Bendon sign agreement to reorganise

Naked Brand Group, a fashion and lifestyle brand, and Bendon Limited, ...

Interviews View All

Karan Toshniwal
Orange O Tec

Contemporary industry is paying more and more attention to the...

Ghanshyam Ghoghari
Kimora Fashion

Bridalwear is not about reds and whites anymore

Anshul Sood
Oceedee

‘Indian footwear market is nascent and largely a trend follower’

Ashok Desai
Bombay Textile Research Association

Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA) is a leading name in textile...

Kerem Durdag
Biovation II LLC

Kerem Durdag, CEO, Biovation II LLC, provides an insight into future...

Paolo Ocleppo
Sandvik Hyperion

Paolo Ocleppo, Rotary Cutting Segment manager, Sandvik Hyperion discusses...

Bani Batra

Bani Batra’s couture wedding collection is inspired by traditional Indian...

Karan Arora
Karan Arora

Bridal couture created with rich Indian heritage, exquisite craftsmanship...

Jay Ramrakhiani
Occasions Elegance Wear

It is believed that by early 19th century, Varanasi weavers had moved away ...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

news category


Related Categories:
May 2017

May 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

SUBSCRIBE


Browse Our Archives

GO


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search