CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced it is submitting plans to the City of Dublin, California for the Swedish company’s third San Francisco-area store and ninth in the state. Pending approvals, construction of IKEA Dublin could begin Spring 2017, with an opening in Summer 2018. Until then, customers can shop at the Bay Area IKEA stores in Emeryville and East Palo Alto, as well as in West Sacramento – where another store is located; or online at IKEA-USA.com.
Located approximately 35 miles east of downtown San Francisco and 23 miles east of downtown Oakland, the 339,000-square-foot proposed IKEA Dublin and its 1,150 parking spaces would be built on 21 acres at the northwestern corner of Interstate 580 and Hacienda Drive. In addition, six acres contiguous to IKEA will be developed to accommodate 52,000 square feet of opportunities for ancillary uses such as retail, restaurant and a boutique hotel. IKEA store plans reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide. IKEA also will evaluate potential on-site power generation to complement its current U.S. renewable energy presence at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations.
“We continue to be thrilled with the reception afforded us in the Bay Area, so we are excited about submitting plans for IKEA Dublin to extend our reach further into the East Bay,” said Lars Petersson, IKEA U.S. president. “This proposed store would complement the presence in Emeryville and East Palo Alto, providing Tri-Valley customers their own store.”
IKEA Dublin would feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 450-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the Showroom, baby care rooms, play areas throughout the store, and preferred parking. In addition to the more than 500 jobs that are expected to be created during the construction phase, approximately 350 coworkers would join the IKEA family when the new store opens. IKEA Dublin also would provide significant annual sales and property tax revenue for local governments and schools.
Drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, IKEA strives to minimize its operations’ carbon emissions because reducing its environmental impact makes good business sense. IKEA evaluates locations regularly for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficient distribution. U.S. sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material; incorporating key measures into buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, warehouse skylights, and water-conserving restrooms; and operationally, eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process, phasing-out the sale of incandescent light bulbs, facilitating recycling compact fluorescent bulbs, and sells only LED bulbs. IKEA U.S. has installed electric vehicle charging stations at 13 locations, and has solar arrays at 90% of its locations.
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 380 IKEA stores in 47 countries, including 41 in the U.S. IKEA has been ranked among “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.