CANTON TWP. — Attention, fans of great design on the cheap: Ikea Wednesday announced that inside work has begun on the 44,000-square-foot addition to its Canton Township home furnishings store on Ford Road just west of I-275.
The Swedish retailer said the expansion is on schedule for an opening this summer.
The store opened in June 2006 with 311,000 square feet of space. It’ll be 355,000 square feet in size with the addition.
“It was exciting to see the steel frame and blue panels appear as this Ikea store expansion took shape,” said Matt Hunsicker, store manager. “Similarly, it is great now to see milestones inside the new space too, as fixtures and racking are installed. This progress keeps us on track for our larger and enhanced shopping experience to be completed by summer, so we can better meet the home furnishings needs of customers throughout the Detroit area … and beyond.”
The project includes expanding the self-serve furniture area, where shoppers collect flat-packed furniture to take home; rearranging customer service functions to the newly built part of the store; and enlarging the home delivery area.
Ikea is also expanding the solar power array that was installed atop the building nearly three years ago. The 40,000-square-foot solar addition will consist of a 240.9-kilowatt system built with 765 panels, and will produce 287,490 kilowatt-hours more electricity annually for the store. Including the existing system, Ikea Canton’s total 1,218.5-kilowatt solar installation of 4,925 panels will generate 1,426,490 kilowatt-hours of clean electricity a year, the equivalent of reducing 984 tons of carbon dioxide, eliminating the emissions of 207 cars or powering 135 homes, according to energy equivalents at this EPA link. www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-resources/calculator.html
Ikea, founded in 1943 in Sweden, employs about 300 people in Canton Township, where it offers 10,000 exclusively designed items in 52 room settings and three model home interiors. It also offers a supervised children’s play area, baby care rooms, play areas throughout the store, and a 350-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties and American dishes. Ikea installed Michigan’s largest solar array atop the roof of the store in 2012.
Mroe at www.ikea-usa.com.