IKEA to Expand Existing Boston-Area Store
By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor
Opened on November 9, 2005 on a 27-acre parcel along Route 24 near Central Street, the Stoughton location is IKEA’s only Boston-area retail store/warehouse. With its almost 37,000 square feet of green rooftop featuring solar panels and a computer-controlled energy management system in place, the $50 million facility became IKEA’s first U.S. store to receive LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
According to ikeafans.com, during 2006–2009 the Swedish retailer aimed to reclaim 90 percent of store waste at its U.S. locations, which meant that all new stores had to be built to a certified green building standard.
The Stoughton store currently includes 50 room-settings, three model home interiors, supervised children’s play areas, a restaurant with 350 seats and below-grade parking space. Under the company’s plans, the Stoughton facility will reach approximately 416,000 square feet. The store’s warehouse is set to increase from 111,442 square feet to 170,000 square feet, while the Self-Serve Furniture Area, the Furniture Pick-Up Area and the Home Delivery Area will also be expanded and upgraded to improve the shopping experience.
Construction at the Stoughton store will start this fall and is estimated to be completed in fall 2014 with minimal disruption during the expansion process.
Rendering of the expanded IKEA Stoughton store via BusinessWire
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