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Ikea building its largest North American store in Montreal

 Danielle Plamondon, left, Ikea Montreal store manager and Alan DeSousa, mayor of Saint-Laurent, mark the beginning of an expansion project that will see the Cavendish Blvd. outlet become the chain’s largest store in North America.Danielle Plamondon, left, Ikea Montreal store manager and Alan DeSousa, mayor of Saint-Laurent, mark the beginning of an expansion project that will see the Cavendish Blvd. outlet become the chain’s largest store in North America.

MONTREAL — Ikea Canada has begun the expansion of one of its two stores here in North America's largest French-speaking city, which when completed in summer 2013 will be the company's largest outlet in North America with 469,694 square feet of retail space.

Ikea has been undergoing something of a building boom in Canada over the past couple of years. The Swedish home furnishings giant opened a replacement store in Ottawa in December and another in Richmond, British Columbia, two weeks ago. Later this year, it will open a third replacement store in Winnipeg.

"We are thrilled to have begun building North America's largest store in Montreal," Ikea Montreal store manager Danielle Plamondon said in a statement. "The new store will offer our loyal Montreal customers an improved shopping experience with more inspiration, more products on hand and more in-store services."

When finished, the company says the new Montreal store, at 9191 Cavendish Blvd. in the suburb of Saint-Laurent, will have some 54 inspirational room settings and three full home settings as well as a restaurant that sits 600 guests and more than 1,400 parking spots. It will also have a play area for children and will feature a new Markethall layout to showcase more inspirational product presentations.

Much like the new Richmond store - which is somewhat smaller at 334,000 square feet - the new Montreal unit will incorporate the latest available building technologies and should be at least 40% more energy efficient than the stores Ikea built in the early 2000s, officials said.

"We are very proud that Ikea is building its largest store in North America in Saint-Laurent," said the borough's mayor, Alan DeSousa. "We are particularly pleased that their expansion project is in line with the borough's sustainable development guidelines, while creating more than a hundred jobs in the area by 2013."

Ikea operates 11 stores in Canada, including a second greater Montreal area unit in Boucherville.

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