Ikea has announced that it is submitting plans to the City of Burbank, CA for a new and larger store to replace its current location. The application will begin a governmental review process for the proposed relocation, which is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2016.
The 242,000-square-foot Ikea Burbank, opened November 1990, was the retailer’s first store in California and sixth in the United States. Ikea intends to build a new 470,000-square-foot new store west of San Fernando Boulevard and south of Providencia Avenue, less than one mile from the original store. The site not only is bigger but offers improved accessibility as well, Ikea stated.
As with the existing Burbank store, Ikea intends to install a solar photovoltaic array. Ikea also hopes to install a similar solar energy system on the roof of the new building. The company has placed solar panels at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations.
“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 co-workers to offer customers an updated, spacious and enhanced Ikea shopping experience.”