The expansion of Ikea’s Detroit-area store in Canton, MI, is complete, the retailer stated. The Canton store, which opened in 2006, has grown from 311,000 square feet to 355,000 square feet in size.
The expansion allows the store to increase quantities and selections of goods as well as to handle greater volumes of home deliveries, Ikea noted. It included adding space to a Self-Serve Furniture Area where shoppers pick up flat-packed furniture to take home on the same day, relocating customer service functions to the newly built part of the store and enlarging the home delivery area.
With a now-larger roof, Ikea is also increasing the scale of the solar array installed atop the building three years ago. The 40,000-square-foot solar addition, slated for fall completion, will consist of a 240.9-kilowatt system, built with 765 panels. It will produce 287,490 kilowatts more electricity annually for the store. Combined with the existing system, Ikea Canton’s total 1,218.5-kilowatt solar installation of 4,925 panels will generate 1,426,490 kilowatts of clean electricity yearly, the equivalent of reducing 984 tons of carbon dioxide, Ikea asserted.
“Ikea is thrilled with the success of Ikea Canton since its opening more than nine years ago,” said Matt Hunsicker, Ikea’s store manager. “This expansion will help us improve the shopping experience, and more easily meet the needs of customers throughout southeastern Michigan and beyond.”