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IKEA plans to open in Merriam, Kan.

BY Ken Clark

With an anticipated opening in fall 2014, the 349,000-sq.-ft. proposed IKEA store would be built along the eastern side of Interstate-35 at the Johnson Drive exit on 18 acres to be purchased from DDR Corp.

Merriam, Kan., is about eight miles southwest of Kansas City, Mo.

“We look forward to growing our Midwestern U.S. presence with IKEA Merriam,” said IKEA U.S. president Mike Ward. “This store would bring the already 60,000 Kansas City-area customers a store of their own and would introduce other consumers in Kansas, Missouri and beyond to the unique IKEA product selection and family-friendly shopping experience.” 

There are currently 38 IKEA stores in the United States and more than 330 around the world. 

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Industry Dashboard for Oct. 1, 2012

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The Consumer Confidence Index improved to a reading of 70.3 as gas prices held steady at about $3.79 per gallon of regular.

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Cabot recalls wood cleaner

BY Ken Clark

Cabot Stains, a division of Valspar Corp., has voluntarily recalled its Wood Cleaner and Wood Brightener sold in spray pump containers. The spray pump used for both products can lose its seal, causing the fluid to leak. Chemicals in these products can cause burning or other serious injuries if they come into contact with skin or eyes or are ingested.

Three incidents of leaks have been reported. No injuries have been reported.

Both products come in 1.3-gallon white handle tanks with black pump assembly and sprayer hoses. They were sold at Ace Hardware, Do it Best, Lowe’s, United Hardware and other hardware stores nationwide from March 2011 until June 2012 for about $25.

Consumers should immediately discontinue use of the products and return them to the store of purchase for a full refund, according to a notice by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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