IKEA has appointed Selwyn Crittendon as the manager of its upcoming Miami-Dade store, opening this summer in Sweetwater, Fla.
“IKEA recognizes the strong customer base for us in South Florida based on the success of our store in the Broward County city of Sunrise, so I am pleased about helping provide a store for Miami-Dade customers,” Crittendon said. “Also, I look forward to introducing our unique family-friendly shopping experience and wide selection of stylish, functional and affordable home furnishings to shoppers who have not yet visited IKEA.”
Crittendon, who has relocated to South Floria from Orlando, has been with the company since 2002. He initially joined IKEA as a customer convenience manager in the D.C. metro area, and after a promotion to customer service manager, was tapped to join the team opening IKEA Orlando. After three years there, he came the store's sales manager, and eventually deputy Orlando store manager in 2012.
The Miami store will feature the requisite IKEA features and is set to bring more than 750 jobs during construction and 350 permanent positions when the store opens.
“We are very excited about opening a Miami-Dade store in South Florida to complement the presence established by IKEA Sunrise,” said IKEA U.S. president Mike Ward. “Selwyn’s commerciality and customer service experience with IKEA and his previous retail background have prepared him for managing IKEA Miami.”