BURLINGTON, ON, May 3, 2012 /CNW/ - IKEA has now begun construction on expanding its current Montreal location into North America's largest IKEA store. Set to be complete summer 2013, the new IKEA Montreal will be 469, 694 square feet (43626m2).
"We are thrilled to have begun building North America's largest store in Montreal," says Danielle Plamondon, Store Manager, IKEA Montreal. "The new store will offer our loyal Montreal customers an improved shopping experience with more inspiration, more products on hand and more in-store services."
Upon completion, the new Montreal store will showcase 54 inspirational room settings, three full home settings, a restaurant that sits 600 and over 1400 parking spots. IKEA Montreal will also have a new concept play area for children and will feature a new Markethall layout that includes more inspirational product presentations.
In line with IKEA's vision to have a positive impact on people and the environment, the new IKEA Montreal will be 40 per cent more efficient than the last wave of stores build in the early 2000s. Moreover, in addition to jobs created during the construction phase, IKEA will be looking to recruit additional coworkers to join the IKEA family when the new store opens.
"We are very proud that IKEA is building its largest store in North America in Saint-Laurent," says Alan DeSousa, Mayor of Saint-Laurent. "We are particularly pleased that their expansion project is in line with the Borough's sustainable development guidelines, while creating more than a hundred jobs in the area by 2013. Thank you for investing in Saint-Laurent!"
IKEA is a leading home furnishings retailer with 325 stores in 40 countries worldwide, which are visited by 734 million people every year. IKEA Canada has 11 stores which are visited by over 25 million people every year. Last year the IKEA.com websites attracted 904 million visitors. Founded in 1943, IKEA's business philosophy is to offer a wide range of products of good design and function at prices so low, the majority of people can afford them. For more information on IKEA, please visit: www.IKEA.ca.
Image with caption: "Alan DeSousa, Mayor of Saint-Laurent and Danielle Plamondon, IKEA Montreal Store Manager, mark the commencement of construction on North America's largest IKEA store. (CNW Group/IKEA Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120503_C2999_PHOTO_EN_12975.jpg
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