Remember back in April when I got all excited because I heard that Ikea was going to open a store right here in Canton where I live only to have my glee dashed upon the rocks by The Minx who pointed out other news items saying that Ikea didn’t have any such plans at all? Well, the Detroit Free Press is once again reporting that Ikea plans to open a store in Canton bringing 300 jobs to the area with it and this time it looks like the news item is legit. By all accounts it’s going to be a big store too.
The Swedish retailer, known for its stores’ bold blue and yellow logo, plans to open its store in Canton by 2006 and bring more than 300 jobs with it. More than 2 million shoppers are expected to visit each year.
The store will encompass 306,000 square feet in two stories, said Ikea spokesman Joseph Roth. That’s about twice the size of a big-box retailer such as Meijer or Wal-Mart. That’s also considerably larger than Cabela’s 225,000-square-foot outdoor products store in Dundee, which draws about 6 million visitors a year.
Canton officials say the store’s impact on the local economy is significant. Commercial land values along Ford Road increased at the mere prospect of the store, which has been discussed since early 2003.
The company expects to complete the Canton store by summer 2006. It will be built on 21 acres where an empty Super Kmart now sits on Haggerty Road, near Ford Road and I-275. The store is to feature a 300-seat restaurant, 1,100 parking spaces, and a supervised children’s play area. Ikea plans to buy 10 adjacent acres for open space.
I’ve been to Cabela’s, that’s where the really nice coat my wife bought me last Christmas came from, and that was probably the biggest store I’ve ever been in that wasn’t a Mall. I already love living in Canton because of the wide-range of stores in the Ford Road corridor and this will be an added bonus. I was surprised to learn from this article that Canton is one of the fastest growing communities in western Wayne County. Hopefully I’ll be able to buy a home here before the prices get too far out of reach.
For those wondering why I’m so interested in Ikea, it’s stories like this one from Freep columinist Georgea Kovanis that make me curious.