IKEA considering new store in Rochester area, visits Henrietta sites
Henrietta, N.Y. (WHAM) - IKEA is considering Henrietta for a new store location.
Henrietta Town Supervisor Stephen Schultz says the company is considering Rochester area as a whole.
Schultz tells 13WHAM news that IKEA is looking at several different sites. He was not sure if the company was looking at other towns.
“IKEA is basically looking for large sites with easy highway access," said Schultz.
“What helped us out tremendously was the large number of colleges here in town," he added. "You have four major colleges, and if you go a little further out, you quickly add up the numbers."
According to Supervisor Schultz, some possible locations include Marketplace Mall or Getinge USA, where major roads means easy access for people coming from Buffalo and Syracuse.
Shultz says his deputy supervisor spoke to IKEA about the idea.
An IKEA spokesperson for the U.S. Expansion department sent a statement to 13WHAM News, saying "We will continue to evaluate opportunities as they arise. However, IKEA has not announced any plans for a store in the Rochester area."
Still, the prospect of a local IKEA has people we spoke with excited.
“They have pretty much everything you'd ever want to see in a store, in terms of home accessories and furnishings,” said customer Sue Wyatt.
Wyatt is among many folks who drive hours to shop at the store.
“The one in Pittsburgh, I'm gonna guess is like six hours by car. The one in Canada is a little closer, maybe three hours by car,” said Wyatt.
“I think it would be a great regional place, because if it was in Rochester, we would attract people from Buffalo, from Syracuse, from the southern tier - places that are not served by IKEA at present,” Wyatt added.
Andrew Dollinger, a real estate broker for CBRE Rochester, agreed, saying, “They will draw people from a wide distance. People will ride in their car for a significant distance to shop at an IKEA for that unique experience. Rochester could theoretically serve Buffalo and Syracuse as a result of access to the Thruway.”
Dollinger says it will boost the local economy. “It appeals to millennials, it’s trendy. You assemble a lot of the furniture yourself, so you’re involved with it. It’s definitely new and cutting edge in the furniture industry."
But don’t expect it overnight.
“This would be a major development. Either a renovation of an existing building, very significant, or a ground up build of a new store," said Dollinger.