Ikea Moves Forward On New Illinois Distribution Center

Ikea is submitting final plans to the city of Joliet, IL, that would advance the development of its previously approved Midwestern distribution center, the retailer announced on Thursday.

The retailer received initial governmental approvals from the city and purchased the land in 2007, in anticipation of an expanded retail presence in the Midwest. City approval of these updated plans would pave the way for proceeding with a building permit application. It is anticipated that construction on the facility could begin as early as this fall with the distribution center being fully operational in summer 2017.

“We have known for some time now that Joliet was the perfect location for our distribution hub in the Midwest, so we are pleased our Midwestern presence has grown to the point where we need this terminal to be up and running in 2017,” said Rob Olson, Ikea U.S. CFO.

Planned on 72 acres at the Laraway Crossings Business Park in Joliet 48 miles southwest of Chicago, the approximately 1.4-million-square-foot distribution center would serve the inventory needs of at least 10 Ikea stores throughout the Midwestern U.S., as well as customer fulfillment.