Ikea has started demolition of a 30,145-square-foot building adjacent to its Detroit-area store in Canton, MI.
Razing of the vacant building will make room for a planned expansion of the Ikea Canton store approved by Canton Township earlier this year. As a result of this project, the store, which opened June 2006 at 311,000 square feet in size, will grow to 355,000 square feet. The project is expected to be completed in Summer 2015.
The expansion will affect the Self-Serve Furniture Area, and will also require rearranging of the customer service functions to the newly built part of the store and enlarging the home delivery area. The warehouse area of the store will also increase from 75,294 square feet to 113,294 square feet. The extension will blend seamlessly into the existing structure, the company said.
“We are very excited about demolition starting today and advancing the expansion of Ikea Canton,” Matt Hunsicker, Canton store manager said. “The store’s success created the need to extend the store’s Self-Serve Furniture Area so it can hold more products and improve our customer shopping experience. We appreciate the Township’s continuing support of IKEA, and our customer’s patience as we begin this project.”
Ikea chose one of the largest construction companies in Michigan, Clark Construction, to manage the project. This is the same company that built the store originally, as well as the Cincinnati-area Ikea store in West Chester, OH.