Ikea wants more warehouse space for its Stoughton store
Furniture giant Ikea unveiled a proposal Wednesday to expand the warehouse of its Stoughton store after announcing last July that it was cancelling plans to build a second Massachusetts store at Assembly Square in Somerville.
When the Stoughton store opened in 2005, it occupied 357,000 square feet in size; plans now call for adding 58,575 square feet of new space, Ikea said in a press release.
While formal approvals by Stoughton are still needed, construction activity is expected to begin by this fall and to be completed by fall 2014, Ikea said. With the addition, the Stoughton store will weigh in at about 415,575 square feet.
The Stoughton store will remain open and fully operational during construction, Ikea said.
The project will include expanding the self-serve furniture area, where shoppers collect flat-packed furniture to take home on the same day; rearranging customer service functions to the newly built part of the store ,and enlarging the home delivery area, the chain said.
“IKEA is thrilled with the success of IKEA Stoughton,” store manager Frank Briel said in a statement. “But as its customer base and sales continue to grow – along with the product assortment we offer – the size of the store’s warehouse capacity now is less than ideal.”
Founded in Sweden, Ikea operates 340 stores in 41 countries, including 38 in the US.
Ikea spent more than a decade in planning for an Assembly Square store in Somerville before deciding to abandon the project last year.