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Ikea begins hiring 300 workers for store in Grand Prairie

Interested in serving Swedish meatballs or putting together BILLY bookcases for floor displays?

Ikea, the Swedish home furniture retailer, has started hiring 300 workers for its new Grand Prairie store that is set to open this fall.

“We are thrilled to offer interested jobseekers diverse positions with limitless opportunity at a global company known for being a great place to work,” store manager Matt Hunsicker said. “We believe it is as fun to work at Ikea as it is to shop at Ikea.”

The company said North Texans can apply online at SeeACareerWithUs.com for positions in sales, interior design, customer service, cashiers, warehouse receiving and at the Swedish Foodmarket. Ikea said it offers full medical and dental insurance to employees who work more than 20 hours a week and offers vacation, tuition assistance, a 401(k) matching plan and a discount to shop at Ikea.

The 293,000-square-foot Grand Prairie location is under construction at the northeast corner of Interstate 20 and Texas 161. It will be the retailer’s second location in North Texas, in addition to its Frisco location which opened in 2005.

Ikea has also announced plans for a north Fort Worth location, a 289,000-square-foot store to be built at the southwest corner of Interstate 35W and North Tarrant Parkway. It is expected to open in the summer of 2019. Currently Ikea has 44 stores in the U.S. and 390 stores in 48 countries.

Fort Worth bank bought out

Get ready to see a new bank name around town following the buyout of a 32-year-old Fort Worth bank.

Liberty Bancshares, which has five offices in Tarrant County, including a location on Hulen Street, agreed to be acquired by Veritex Holdings of Dallas in a cash-and-stock deal valued at more than $60 million.

Founded in 1985, Liberty has grown its total assets to $459.3 million. It has two locations in Fort Worth, two in North Richland Hills and one in Hurst.

Liberty’s Chairman and CEO Don Waters, will continue to be a leader with Veritex in the Fort Worth market after the merger. In a statement, he said the bank’s customers “will continue to enjoy the benefits of local decision-making, while gaining access to an expanded product set and the convenience of a larger branch network.”

The deal will expand the Veritex name to this side of the Metroplex. In December, Veritex gained its first Fort Worth locations with the December purchase of Sovereign Bankshares. That deal closed Tuesday.

Both Liberty and Sovereign branches will assume the Veritex Community Bank name.

The Liberty acquisition marked the sixth deal in about seven years for Veritex, which has grown its asset base to $3 billion, according to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer C. Malcolm Holland.

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk

Max B. Baker: 817-390-7714, @MaxbakerBB

Steve Kaskovich: 817-390-7773, @stevekasko

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