Ikea to replace Seattle-area store
Home & Textiles Today Staff -- Home Textiles Today, July 11, 2014
Conshohocken, Pa. — Ikea said it plans to replace its Seattle-area store with an updated building on the same property.
The plans, going through a government review process, call for the new store to be built in part of the current parking area, with the older store ultimately being demolished for more parking. Customers will be able to shop the existing Renton, Wash., store until the new one opens in fall 2016.
At 399,000 square feet, the proposed new store is just 1,000 square feet larger than the existing one-level building, which was built in 1979 near State Highway 67 and was used as an aerospace electronics warehouse before Ikea opened there in 1994.
The new store would be two levels and the property would have nearly 1,700 parking spaces, “offer a more current layout and reflect the same unique architectural design for which Ikea stores are known worldwide,” the retailer said in a release.
“With the store’s success and high awareness among consumers, we are excited for the chance to build a new Ikea store from the ground up, adjacent to the current store and on land we already own,” said Ikea U.S. Chief Financial Officer Rob Olson. “A new store at this same location would allow coworkers to offer customers an updated and enhanced shopping experience.”