IKEA’s Only Michigan Facility Plans 44,000 Sq. Ft. Expansion
- Oct 03, 2014
By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor
It has been eight years since IKEA opened its first Michigan store. Now the Swedish furniture retailer wants to consolidate its presence in the Greater Detroit area by expanding the 311,000-square-foot retail facility in Canton Township.
IKEA has hired Clark Construction Company of Lansingthe same building contractor that managed the construction of IKEA Canton in 2006—to tear down a 30,145-square-foot building sitting next to its store at 41640 Ford Road off I-275 at Haggerty Road. Earlier this year Michigan Construction News reported that the demolished facility, a former ABC Warehouse store, is owned by IKEA which has been using it for temporary storage.
The expansion project is set for completion by summer 2015 and it will add nearly 44,000 square feet of space to its only furniture store in the state of Michigan. Serving around 2 million clients each year, the IKEA Canton store has grown to be the preferred destination for shoppers in southeast Michigan, other nearby states and even Canada. The store’s full product selection will remain available onsite during construction and build-out of the additional space, IKEA announced.
“The store’s success created the need to extend the store’s Self-Serve Furniture Area so it can hold more products and improve our customer shopping experience. We appreciate the Township’s continuing support of IKEA, and our customer’s patience as we begin this project,” said Matt Hunsicker, IKEA Canton store manager.
Observer & Eccentric reports that IKEA also plans a $250,000 donation to improve traffic on Ford Road and potentially add new jobs at the Canton store, which currently employs 300 people.
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