Ikea, an international symbol of good taste for those seeking affordable home goods, has announced it will take over 33 acres of the former Germain Amphitheater site adjacent to the Polaris Centers of Commerce in north Columbus.

Ikea, an international symbol of good taste for those seeking affordable home goods, has announced it will take over 33 acres of the former Germain Amphitheater site adjacent to the Polaris Centers of Commerce in north Columbus.

At a press conference Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Quest Conference Center at Polaris, officials of the Swedish-based company said they were filing the necessary paperwork to begin construction of a 354,000-square-foot store. It is expected to open in summer 2017.

The company is looking into on-site power generation.

The store plan will mirror that of Ikeas worldwide, including the yellow-and-blue logo that bears the same colors as the Swedish flag.

The floor plan will feature 50 room settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children's play area and a 450-seat restaurant serving Ikea's famous Swedish meatballs, as well as other hot and packaged foods.

Ikea will have several "green" elements, such as energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, warehouse skylights and water-conserving restrooms.

It will employ 300.

"While there are many who can't wait to work at the store, there are many more who can't wait to shop at Ikea," said Joseph Roth, a spokesman for the company.

The Polaris location will be the second store in Ohio; the first is in West Chester near Cincinnati. A third in Cleveland is in the works but no deal has been signed.

The Polaris site is in both the city of Columbus and Delaware County. It is zoned LC4, which allows for businesses such as Ikea.

Company officials say most Ikea customers live within a 100-mile radius of a store, meaning the closest shopping for central Ohioans is in West Chester, Pittsburgh and Canton, Mich., outside of Detroit.

"This is fantastic news for many of us," said Michael Levin, associate director of marketing for Otterbein University and a customer of Ikea.

With the notable exception of Apple, Cabela's and REI, few retailers create the kind of customer experience for which Ikea is renowned, Levin said.

"Ikea does a really great job of surprising and delighting customers," Levin said. "They do a good job of creating an attractive retail setting."

He said the company has an inordinately large, dedicated customer base that takes to social media to express its satisfaction, thus creating a strong advertising base.

Gemini Place is to be extended to the east for the new store. Ikea will be located north of the extension, east of Interstate 71. The 33 acres lie at the western edge of the former amphitheater property.

Plans call for 1,200 parking spaces. Traffic woes in the Polaris Parkway corridor can be expected to worsen, Levin said.

That could be compounded by the addition of one, or possibly two, outlet malls at I-71 and routes 36 and 37 in Delaware County -- and the potential for expansion of Cabela's at Polaris certainly won't help commuters, he said.

"Is this a case of there being too much of a good thing?" Levin asked.