Swedish furniture retailer IKEA is buying 70 acres in Frederickson from
the Port of Tacoma, with plans to build a distribution center that will
serve IKEA stores in Washington, Oregon, Utah and the Canadian
provinces of Alberta and British Columbia.
The Port of Tacoma commission on Tuesday approved the sale of the
property – on the northeast corner of 38th Avenue East and 200th Street
East – to IKEA for $8.66 million.
Derrick Urquhart, the port’s manager of industrial real estate, said
the distribution center will create 150 jobs and drive more imported
cargo through the port. The distribution center also will add some
diversity to the port’s Frederickson Industrial Area, which now houses
mostly manufacturers such as The Boeing Co., Toray Composites of
America and Northwest Door, Urquhart said.
Frederickson’s location was the draw for IKEA.
By Kelly Kearsley
The News Tribune
In the News
If you petition it, perhaps they may come:
“The Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina area is one of the most culturally diverse areas in the US. With many of those who now call this area home coming here from all over the US and all over the world, an IKEA store would be a welcomed addition to the shopping options we currently have.
Many residents make the four hour trek to Woodbridge, Virginia (Potomac Mills location) to shop at
IKEA and while others in the state make the trip to the new Atlanta location. Of course, procuring larger items are a bit tricky when traveling at those distances.
We, as residents of North Carolina, wish to show our solidarity in our desire to bring an IKEA store to the area.
IKEA Management: we, the undersigned, wish to present our interest in Raleigh-Durham,
North Carolina being considered for a future location.
“Plymouth Meeting, PA – IKEA, the
world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced plans for a
store in Portland, OR, increasing the Swedish retailer’s presence in
the Pacific Northwest. (A Seattle-area store in the City of Renton, WA
opened in 1994, and is known for drawing customers from great
distances.) Pending permits, construction of the future IKEA Portland
can begin next spring, with an anticipated opening in Spring 2007.
The 280,000 square-foot future IKEA Portland and its approximately
1,200 parking spaces will be built on nearly 19 acres at the
southwestern corner of I-205 and Airport Way, and will reflect the same
unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide.
The IKEA store will be located at the eastern end of Cascade Station, a
120-acre mixed use development of office, hotel and retail in a
pedestrian-friendly environment adjacent to the Portland International
Airport. Seventy-five bicycle racks and two light-rail stations will
provide convenient access for commuting coworkers as well as for
customers, since IKEA offers home delivery service.
thrilled to enter the Greater Portland area with a second home in the
Pacific Northwest,” said Pat Merwin, IKEA real estate manager. “We
appreciate the efforts of those who worked to create this exciting
opportunity for us at Cascade Station. IKEA Portland will allow us to
be more convenient to our customers while also introducing the unique
IKEA family-friendly shopping experience to new customers throughout
Oregon and southwest Washington.”
Official IKEA Press Release
via Portland Development Corporation
[I know, I know. Its still Sunday but this is "breaking news":)]