Thursday, November 29, 2012

New IKEA in Burbank will be Largest in US

IKEA Burbank, Hunter Communications photo
Hunter Communications recommended reading from:
LA Daily News

Link to article:
IKEA Plans to Build Biggest U.S. Store

IKEA in the Burbank Town Center is LA and Hollywood's go-to center for furniture and home furnishings, but its popularity and sales volume have outgrown its already huge space.  So in 2015 the Swedish retail giant will begin building a 22-acre behemoth location seven-tenths of a mile South of the current location, off the 5 Freeway near San Fernando Road and Providencia Avenue.

Excerpt: " Already known for its massive stores, Ikea plans to supersize the local furniture-shopping experience even more by building a new site twice the size of its current Burbank location.

At 470,000 square feet, the proposed Burbank store would be the Swedish retailer's largest in the United States.

'We need the big store now, quite frankly,' said Ikea spokesman Joseph Roth. 'It's not so much planning for the future as addressing our current situation. The store needs to be updated.'

If approved, the new store will sprawl over 22 acres along the Golden State (5) Freeway, west of San Fernando Boulevard and south of Providencia Avenue.

It will be just seven-tenths of a mile from the company's current 242,000 square foot store, also on San Fernando Boulevard, which opened in 1990.

The company submitted its development plans to the city earlier this month, Roth said.

The approval process could take nine months to a year with construction starting sometime in 2015. The project will create between 500 to 1,000 construction jobs, Roth said." 

Note: Hunter Communications handles marketing at Burbank Town Center, home to IKEA Burbank.

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