Ikea has leased additional warehouse space in Lakeland, FL, to serve as a customer distribution center supporting the Tampa, Orlando and Miami markets.
The facility will also fulfill parcel orders for the entire U.S. Southeast and will strengthen the company’s existing network of nine regional distribution centers while supporting its 48 stores in the U.S.
The facility in Lakeland is currently planned to open in early 2019 and will comprise 326,000 square feet of leased space off Allen K. Breed Highway, 28 miles from downtown Tampa. The project represents the sixth Ikea location in the state of Florida and is expected to bring 200 jobs to the Tampa area, the company said.
The fulfillment center will focus on delivering items to customers who order products online. The site will be operated by DHL Supply Chain, a contract logistics provider.
“As we grow our e-commerce presence, we want to provide our customers with shorter lead times and a higher-quality experience when shopping at Ikea,” said Lars Petersson, Ikea U.S. president. “The new distribution center in Lakeland provides opportunity to optimize customer accessibility in the Southeast and allows us to continue meeting the home furnishing needs of our customers.”