IKEA to double presence in Los Angeles with new location
Jeff Linville -- Furniture Today, November 19, 2012
IKEA is submitting plans to the City of Burbank, Calif. for a new and larger store to replace its current operation in the Los Angeles area. The new store will double the size of the existing structure, in a location less than one mile away.
Artist's rendering of the new IKEA store planned for the Los Angeles area.
Until the new store opens in fall 2016, customers can continue to shop at the existing IKEA Burbank. Ultimately, the land and building occupied by the current store could be incorporated into a plan led by Crown Realty & Development, Inc., a prominent local developer, to spur further economic growth at the Burbank Town Center, according to a press release.
The current 242,000-sq.-ft. IKEA Burbank, the first IKEA store in California and sixth in the U.S., opened in November 1990 on 6.4 acres along I-5 at San Fernando Blvd.
The proposed 470,000-sq.-ft. new store and its more than 1,700 parking spaces would be built on 22 acres west of San Fernando Blvd. and south of Providencia Ave., less than one mile from the original store and with improved accessibility.
Plans reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide. And, as the existing Burbank store has a solar photovoltaic array atop its roof, IKEA plans to install a similar solar energy system as part of this proposed new store.
"Because of this store's success, we are excited about the opportunity to build upon our established presence in Burbank with a new, roomier store so close to the existing one, and in the same city," said IKEA U.S. president Mike Ward. "This relocation would allow our coworkers to offer customers an updated, spacious and enhanced IKEA shopping experience."
There are currently more than 330 IKEA stores in 40 countries, including 38 in the U.S.
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