CANTON (WWJ) – The only IKEA store in the state of Michigan has plans to expand.
The Swedish big-box home furnishing retailer has been extremely successful since it opened in 2006, and now the company is asking Canton Township officials for permission to grow.
The 311,000 square-foot store at Ford and Haggerty roads, just off I-275, is looking to expand its footprint by nearly 43,000 feet. To fit the expansion, the adjacent ABC Warehouse building would be demolished.
The project will include expanding the self-serve furniture area, where shoppers collect flat-packed furniture to take home on the same day. Other plans include rearranging customer service functions to the newly built part of the store and enlarging the home delivery area.
The project calls for Ikea to pay the township approximately $250,000 to address traffic congestion in the area and make infrastructure improvements.
“By expanding in Canton, we are ensuring that it will be the only IKEA store in Michigan for a longer time now,” IKEA spokesman Joseph Roth told the Canton Observer & Eccentric. ” We think it’s a great location and a great community. That’s why we’re making an additional investment here.”
The Canton Township Board of Trustees is expected to vote on the site plan Tuesday evening. If approved, construction would likely begin this fall, with an expected completion by next spring.