IKEA considers demolishing ABC Warehouse to expand Canton Store
5:09 PM, Feb 10, 2014
9:31 PM, Feb 10, 2014
CANTON, Mich. (WXYZ) - IKEA says it's outgrown its massive Canton store and is considering expanding its facility.
The Swedish furniture retailer says the 311,000-square-foot building that sits on 21 acres of land near Ford Road isn't enough. It also owns the neighboring fives acres where ABC Warehouse used to be. IKEA, which owns that building, is already using it for temporary storage.
"As large as our store is, we're doing so well, we're kind of outgrowing the space," said Joseph Roth, a spokesman for the giant retailer.
IKEA doesn't comment on the sales of individual stores, but Canton Township Supervisor Phil LaJoy said the retailer draws 2-million people annually.
LaJoy said IKEA submitted plans last month to demolish the former ABC Warehouse and build a 44,000-square-foot facility that would be attached to the current store. It also would add parking.
"When you get done the building is going to look the same, but it's going to be a whole lot bigger," LaJoy told Action News.
The plans are currently with the township's engineering department. IKEA says there is no timeline for expansion, but any developments wouldn't happen until after it's peak season in the Fall.