CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. — IKEA intends to submit plans to the City of Burbank, California, for a new, larger location to replace its current one in the Los Angeles area.
The current 242,000-sq.-ft. IKEA Burbank was the first IKEA store in California and sixth in the United States. It opened its doors Nov. 1990 and sat on 6.4 acres, along I-5 at San Fernando Blvd. The proposed 470,000-sq.-ft. store and its more than 1,700 parking spaces would be built on 22 acres west of San Fernando Blvd. and south of Providencia Ave., under (should be “less than”) a mile from the existing store and more conveniently accessible.
The building’s architectural design would match IKEA stores’ trademark look. IKEA hopes to install a solar energy system in the proposed new store, similar to the solar photovoltaic array on the roof of the existing Burbank location. Nearly 90% of all U.S. IKEA locations have installed, or are in the process of installing, solar panels.
“Because of this store