Burlington, Ontario (Canada) — Construction will begins this July on warehouse expansions at the IKEA Calgary and IKEA Edmonton stores. The projects will add an average of 29,000 square feet of space to each of the existing warehouses.
The expansion projects will support approximately 270 construction jobs in the province, create new hires at the Edmonton store and represents a total investment of C$28 million.
“We are working diligently to provide our customers from coast-to-coast with an easier and more convenient shopping experience,” says Stefan Sjöstrand, president of IKEA Canada. “With sales increasing at both locations, there is a need to expand our warehouses to better serve our valued customers in Alberta.”
Construction on both stores is expected to be completed by summer 2017. The expansion is part of IKEA Canada’s ambition to become more accessible to as many people as possible, with the aim of doubling its presence in Canada by 2025.
“IKEA’s expansion in Calgary is a bright light in our economy,” says Naheed Nenshi, mayor of Calgary.
IKEA Canada is also continuing to make investments in renewable energy, products for a sustainable life at home, and is committed to making a difference in the communities where it operates. The purchase of a wind farm in Pincher Creek, Alberta, has enabled IKEA Canada to become energy independent 5 years ahead of its global goal of 2020. It produces more than double IKEA Canada’s total energy consumption.
IKEA Calgary has served the local market for 36 years and has been operating in its current location since 2004. IKEA Edmonton originally open 37 years ago and reopened its current location in 2003.
IKEA is a leading home furnishing retailer with 375 stores in more than 50 countries worldwide. IKEA Canada has 12 stores. The company plans to open a 13th store in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in late 2017. For more information, visit: www.IKEA.ca.
SOURCE: IKEA Canada