Ikea has officially broken ground on a new, larger store in Burbank, CA, less than a mile away from the company’s oldest store in the western United States. Company representatives, Burbank mayor Bob Frutos, city council members, local officials and community leaders took part in the official groundbreaking for the store, which is slated to open in spring 2017.
The future 456,000-square-foot Burbank Ikea operation will occupy 22 acres west of San Fernando Boulevard and south of Providencia Avenue, providing customers with improved accessibility. The current 242,000-square-foot Ikea Burbank was the company’s first store in California and sixth in the United States. It opened November 1990 on 6.4 acres along I-5 at San Fernando Boulevard, according to Ikea.
The existing store has a solar photovoltaic array atop its roof. Ikea stated that it plans to install a similar solar energy system atop the relocated store.
“We are pleased to be breaking ground today on our commitment to extend our Burbank presence with a new, larger and updated store that will provide an improved experience for our many loyal customers currently shopping at Ikea Burbank,” said Lars Petersson, Ikea U.S. president. “This new Burbank store also will help us introduce the latest version of the unique Ikea concept to Southern Californians who value good design, good function and affordable prices, but have not yet had the chance to visit an Ikea store.”