For Immediate Release Contact: Joseph Roth, Expansion Public Affairs January 10, 2017 (610) 834-0180, x. 6500
NEW, BIGGER IKEA BURBANK TO OPEN WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8; ORIGINAL STORE TO CLOSE ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2017
BURBANK, CA – IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced its relocated Los Angeles-area store within Burbank will open to customers at 9:00 a.m. PST on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. Customers can begin lining-up at the store three hours in advance, at 6:00 a.m., to partake in the festivities – and soon can learn of more grand opening plans and promotions at IKEA- USA.com/Burbank. Prior to the grand opening of the new, larger IKEA Burbank, customers can continue to shop at the original Burbank store through Saturday evening, February 4, when the old store will close permanently.
The future 456,000-square-foot new IKEA Burbank store, including 1,700 parking spaces, is being built on 22 acres west of San Fernando Boulevard and south of Providencia Avenue – less than one mile from the company’s oldest store in the Western United States. (The current 242,000-square-foot IKEA Burbank, the first IKEA store in California and sixth in the U.S., opened November 1990 on 6.4 acres along I-5 at San Fernando Boulevard.)
“We are thrilled by the excellent construction progress and are confident we can complete the remaining milestones and interior build-up by early-February,” said Jeff O’Shaughnessy, store manager. “We cannot wait for customers to experience our new store’s ease of access, convenient parking and updated layout.”
The new, more spacious IKEA Burbank will feature a larger quantity of the nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a larger (600-seat) restaurant serving Swedish specialties. 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, IKEA offers a variety of customer services such as home delivery, product assembly, product picking and delivery as well as an IKEA FAMILY loyalty program.
In addition to 500 jobs created during construction and 150 new coworkers joining the store team, the new IKEA Burbank will generate even more annual sales and property tax revenue to the city and local schools. Also, IKEA is installing a solar array atop the new store, complementing its current U.S. renewable energy presence of solar at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations, and six electric vehicle charging stations.
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function, at affordable prices. IKEA incorporates responsible social practices and sustainability into its business model, and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. There are currently more than 390 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 43 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. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.