CENTENNIAL, Colo. (CBS4)- Tens of thousands of shoppers are expected to converge in Centennial for IKEA’s grand opening Wednesday, July 27. That could cause a big traffic tie up all around the store.
“Since January, we’ve been working very closely with the City of Centennial, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado Highway Patrol to ensure a very safe flow for customers to and from the IKEA store,” said IKEA spokesperson Joseph Roth.
Roth said there is a direct route to the store from Interstate 25.
“The entire grand opening weekend, customers will be directed to exit I-25 at County Line Road, so that they can make a right turn to Chester, a right turn at Otero, then a right turn to IKEA way,” said Roth.
He said the store has plenty of parking.
“There are 1,500 parking spots on site. We also have secured an additional 1,500 off site across the street,” said Roth.
Some roads will be closed, including the exits onto County Line Road from C-470 and E-470. Instead, message boards will redirect traffic to Dry Creek Road.
IKEA is urging people to take public transportation.
“In addition, free shuttles will run in between the RTD Light Rail station at Dry Creek and the store during store hours. That starts July 27 through the 31,” said Roth.