Ikea Canada to open three replacement stores this year
Michael Knell -- Furniture Today, March 29, 2012
RICHMOND, British Columbia — Ikea Canada plans to open three replacement stores this year, including one in this Vancouver suburb that will be more 40% more energy-efficient than the store it's replacing.
The 334,000-square-foot facility, opening April 25, will feature a geothermal installation, rainwater harvesting, and about one tree for every six parking spaces. Staff members will also be able to enjoy the edible garden that will be on the store's rooftop.
Like the recently opened mega-store in Ottawa, Ikea Richmond will offer more than 9,000 items from the home furnishings giant's core assortment and will showcase 51 room settings.
"Ikea recognizes the importance of our business having a positive impact on people and the environment," Richmond store manager Maya Abdou said in a statement.
As part of its sustainability effort, Ikea measures, records and benchmarks water, energy and waste performance indicators against national and global counterparts on a regular basis.
Other features of the store aimed at energy efficiency and recycling include a reflective rooftop to reduce summer heating, a permeable pavement over the parking lot that will absorb rainwater to improve drainage, the use of native plants to eliminate the need for excessive landscape maintenance, parking spots for hybrid cars and bicycle racks for customers and staff members.
Ikea Canada has 11 stores across the country and also is expected to open a long-awaited replacement store in Winnipeg sometime this year.