There’s a lot of opinions on IKEA, ranging from love it to hate it, but there’s one thing everyone can agree on – there’s literally *something* for everyone, whether it’s a living room in a box or just a single mod looking knickknack. Regardless of which camp you’re in, if you live in the valley, you’re in luck as a second location is on the way.
IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced it is submitting plans to the City of Glendale, Arizona for a store that would increase the Swedish company’s U.S. presence with its second store in the state (and in the Phoenix area). Pending approvals, construction of IKEA Glendale could begin in Fall 2018 with an opening in Spring 2020. Until then, customers can shop at the East Valley’s IKEA Tempe (which opened in 2004) or online at IKEA-USA.com.
Located 16 miles northwest of downtown Phoenix in the City of Glendale, the 348,000-square-foot proposed IKEA store and its approximately 1,100 parking spaces would be built on 29 acres at the southeast corner of Loop 101/Agua Fria Freeway and Bethany Home Road. Store plans for IKEA Glendale reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide. IKEA also will evaluate potential on-site power generation to complement its current U.S. renewable energy presence at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations.
“We are thrilled with the reception afforded us after entering Arizona nearly 13 years ago, so we are excited about submitting plans for IKEA Glendale to extend our Phoenix-area reach,” said Lars Petersson, IKEA U.S. president. “This proposed Glendale store would complement our Phoenix-area presence established in Tempe and bring the unique family-friendly shopping experience closer to customers in the West Valley and beyond.”
IKEA Glendale would feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 450-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries, salmon plates, as well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the Showroom, baby care rooms, play areas throughout the store, and preferred parking. In addition to the more than 500 jobs that are expected during the construction phase, approximately 300 coworkers would join the IKEA family when the new store opens. IKEA Glendale also would provide significant annual sales and property tax revenue for local governments and schools.
Drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, IKEA believes it makes business sense to minimize environmental impacts and contribute to a low-carbon society. IKEA evaluates locations for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficient distribution. U.S. sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material; key measures in buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, warehouse skylights, and water-conserving restrooms; and operationally, eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process, and selling only LED lighting. IKEA U.S. has installed electric vehicle charging stations at 30 locations and solar arrays at 90% of its locations, and owns two U.S. wind farms.
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at affordable prices. There are currently more than 400 IKEA stores in 49 countries, including 44 in the U.S. IKEA has been ranked among “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.