IKEA in Canton Township Completes Expansion, Adding Solar Panels

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IKEA, an international home furnishings store, announced today it has completed a major expansion at its store in Canton Township, adding more than 40,000 square feet of space.

“This expansion will help us improve the shopping experience, and more easily meet the needs of customers throughout southeastern Michigan and beyond,” says Matt Hunsicker, store manager.

Hunsicker says the store is now 355,000 square feet and the project included expanding the self-serve furniture area (where shoppers collect flat-packed furniture), rearranging customer service functions, and increased the size of the home delivery area. Construction work began last September.

He says IKEA is also working to increase the size of the solar array (solar farm) installed on the store’s roof. The 40,000-square-foot solar project will add nearly 770 panels. When completed in the fall, the panels will produce about 287,000 kilowatt-hour more of onsite electricity annually.

The store, which opened in June 2006, has 52 different room settings, three model home interiors, a restaurant that features Swedish and American dishes, and a children’s IKEA area. The Swedish retailer operates some 60 stores in 47 countries.

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