Jag hörde ryktet
That’s, “I heard a rumor,” in Swedish, FYI. There’s been whispering that IKEA may be scouting for a store sort of kind of near Buffalo.
According to the Democrat & Chronicle article, “Could Rochester get an Ikea? Store scouting Henrietta sites,” by Sarah Taddeo, Ikea is checking out sites in the Rochester suburb. Taddeo writes, “While some simply said the company is interested in Henrietta in general, the interest appears to include several Henrietta parcels, including Marketplace Mall and the Getinge Group site on East Henrietta Road—each named by several sources as sites under consideration.
Robert Moore, president of Moore Corporate Real Estate, has been involved with selling the Getinge property, which includes occupied office space and vacant manufacturing space, for several years. ‘I am aware of the rumor that Ikea is looking at prospective sites in Henrietta,’ he said, adding that he heard this information in the real estate field. He has fielded dozen of inquiries on the Getinge property, but not one from Ikea, he said, and he is unaware of any specific properties the company might be considering.”
IKEA’s more than 360 worldwide locations, all 260,000 to 340,000 square feet in size, require a population base of at least 2 million to be successful. Depending on the size of the geographic area, we just might make that number.
We’re trying to piece together the complete story, but it’s taking way longer than we originally thought it would.