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Three weeks after recent news that IKEA was cancelling plans to build a store in Canton Township, due to a property dispute, the company has announced that they have settled that dispute by buying the adjacent property, and are once more on the way to building a store. The Freep provides background on the deal,
Ikea, known for its bold blue and yellow exteriors and the Swedish meatballs it serves in its store cafes as well as stylish and affordable furniture, had spent the past several years considering sites in metro Detroit for one of its super-sized retail outlets. It initially picked Troy but pulled out when officials there nixed Ikea’s trademark exterior colors. After a long search it chose the corner of Ford and Haggerty roads in Canton.
The new IKEA is expected to open in summer of 2006, and will have 300,000 square feet of floor space – 1/3 more than Cabelas. Urban planning students who write for ArborUpdate and have seen the effect of IKEAs in other areas on the surrounding landscape are described as “Not pleased.”
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