IKEA set to open Feb. 22 | NEWS & NOTES

This week, IKEA announces an opening date, health inspector temporarily closes restaurant, and more.

Newly renovated IKEA sets opening date

IKEA announced its new building in Renton will be open to the public on Feb. 22.

A media release stated that customers will be able to shop at the old store until 6 p.m., Feb. 20.

On Feb. 21, there will be IKEA will be closed to the public as staff prepare for the transition to the new building the next day.

Construction work will still be happening on site, the release stated, because the old building will eventually be turned into more parking.

The temporary off-site parking as well as the shuttle service that is offered on holidays and weekends will continue until the new parking lot is complete and open to the public, the release stated.

Come fall 2017, IKEA will host a “housewarming celebration to welcome customers to the new store with activities including assorted giveaways, product promotions, food sampling and in-store entertainment.”

Once complete, the new store will be 399,000 square feet with a total of 1,600 parking spaces.

A DanceParty! is happening Saturday in Renton

The Kiddie Academy of Renton will be hosting a DanceParty! event on Jan. 28.

The event is free and open to anyone in the community.

Those in attendance will learn the benefits of dance and music. And staff from the academy will teach different dances to the children.

To reserve a spot, visit www.kiddieevents.com/danceparty.

McKnight Middle School students recognized

One hundred students from McKnight Middle School were honored last week by the First Financial Northwest Bank.

They were recognized for “their outstanding work in completing the Ignition – Digital Literacy and Responsibility program,” a post on the First Financial’s Facebook said.

That program is a digital education course that is designed to help young people be responsible technology users.

Stir Restaurant closed for the time being

On Jan. 24 a public health food inspector with King County closed the Stir Restaurant for a number of different reasons.

The reasons included that there were potentially hazardous foods at unsafe temperatures, improper cooling of potentially hazardous food, poor personal hygiene practices including handwashing, toxic items not properly stored and floor drain backing up as well as a malfunctioning walk-in refrigerator.

The restaurant will reopen once an inspector confirms that all the reasons for closing have been resolved.

Stir is located at 151 Sunset Blvd. N.

Three Renton students on George Fox University’s dean’s list

Junior Madison Jones and seniors Geoffrey Schwichtenberg and Emily Warner made the dean’s list at George Fox University in Oregon for the fall 2016 semester.

Students who earn a 3.5 grade point average or above and have 12 or more hours of graded work, earn a spot on the list.

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