IKEA to Open Winnipeg Location
After years of rumoured speculation, IKEA announced on Tuesday plans to open a store in Winnipeg, Manitoba between late 2011 and early 2013.
The company issued a press release highlighting the location of Kenaston Blvd. and Sterling Lyon Parkway. The store will be 350,000 square feet, but 1.5 million square feet will be needed for parking and roadway expansion along the planned route.
IKEA Canada spokeswoman Madeleine Lowenborg-Frick said, "-The future of an IKEA in Winnipeg is conditional upon Municipal and Provincial government approvals, and IKEA has accordingly now made formal application for amendments to Plan Winnipeg, and for suitable rezoning and subdivision of these lands.
Both the Province of Manitoba and City of Winnipeg issued a joint statement regarding IKEA's plans:
"The Province of Manitoba and City of Winnipeg will work together to accelerate the widening of Kenaston Boulevard and Sterling Lyon Parkway to meet the timelines of a proposed new Winnipeg Ikea site, Premier Gary Doer and Mayor Sam Katz said today.
The premier said the province will advance its share of capital funding to the city of up to $8 million for the projects. The widening of Kenaston Boulevard and Sterling Lyon Parkway is already included in the city’s Plan Winnipeg, but would be accelerated to accommodate Ikea’s development plans, pending a public rezoning process and open house that will take place this spring."