NOTE: This website has been produced by IKEA – the Dublin property owner and applicant – as part of its commitment to provide Dublin residents and business owners with information and updates about the proposed IKEA store and retail project.
Located at the northwest corner of I-580 and Hacienda Drive, our proposal would transform the site into a welcoming pedestrian environment and community gathering place. The plan includes an approximately 378,000 square foot IKEA store that would provide a convenient shopping experience for our Tri-Valley customers of the far East Bay, particularly Dublin-area residents. The development also would feature approximately 60,000 square feet of other specialized retailers and restaurants, which we are currently in the process of identifying.
It is important to us that we hear directly from you regarding the proposed IKEA Dublin project. As we consider which businesses to join us at this location, it is essential that our plan reflect the desires of the Dublin community. That is why we hope you will offer your feedback as you learn more about our proposal and its many benefits.
IKEA brings many benefits to cities where it operates stores. In particular, the economic value of having a store in town is substantial, especially in tax revenue and job creation. IKEA stores are one-of-a-kind, with a restaurant and supervised children’s play area. That’s why the majority of our customers stay for 2-3 hours per visit. Additionally, we have a track record of being a strong corporate citizen and active partner in the community. Below are some highlights of having an IKEA store in Dublin:
Property and sales tax revenues to the City’s general fund and the Dublin Unified School District would be substantial from the proposed IKEA retail project. The new revenue can be used for adding new law enforcement officers, firefighters, public infrastructure, or any other services the City deems appropriate. Below are some preliminary estimates on the project’s economic impact on the local community:
The proposed IKEA Dublin store would create approximately 350 full- and part-time jobs, all of which would be eligible for benefits. Consistent with Swedish values, IKEA is considered an employer of choice that offers a work/life balance and offer extensive career development and training opportunities for our coworkers (across all stores, functions and countries).
There are many coworker functions within an IKEA store, including human resources, customer service, food service, logistics, sales, interior design, safety & security, accounting, etc. Pending government approvals, we will be seeking candidates for all of these positions to work in the proposed Dublin store.
IKEA takes great pride in its social responsibility. Corporately, we have taken a particular interest in causes relating to children, families, and the environment. Around the word, across the nation, and in local communities where we operate stores, IKEA works with UNICEF, American Forests, World Wildlife Fund, Save the Children, American Red Cross, and Feeding America.
For instance, IKEA Emeryville supports a variety of local programs, including a recent partnership with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital where IKEA coworkers revamped 16 rooms at the Children's Hospital's Family House – a low-cost "home away from home" for qualifying families who live 70 miles or more from the hospital. IKEA donated new mattresses, pillows, linens, and artwork to make each room a comfortable home away from home for families. We welcome the opportunity to establish new partnerships within the City of Dublin that will carry on our culture of giving back locally.
The proposed IKEA Dublin would increase sales for a variety of local retail businesses and restaurants. The result would be more customers for Dublin businesses, more job opportunities, and even more tax revenue to city coffers.
The presence of IKEA in other Bay Area locations has served as an attractive draw to non-retail companies that are evaluating where to locate their offices. In close proximity to our Emeryville and East Palo Alto stores, we have seen strong growth in nearby tech, start-up, and traditional corporate firms whose employees frequent IKEA.
Reflecting our Swedish heritage, IKEA has a strong record of incorporating sustainable business practices into our day-to-day operations. Consistent with IKEA’s goal of producing as much power by 2020 as we are using, we plan to evaluate potential on-site power generation at this location to complement our current U.S. solar energy presence at nearly 90% of our U.S. locations, including IKEA Emeryville and IKEA East Palo Alto. Additionally, IKEA strives to incorporate environmentally friendly measures into its stores wherever possible. Other potential sustainable elements of the proposed IKEA Dublin include:
Thank you to everyone who stopped by the IKEA tent during the Farmers' Markets to learn more about the proposal. We look forward to sharing more information in the coming months.
Thank you to everyone who attended our open houses on Tuesday, June 28 and Wednesday, June 29. We look forward to many more opportunities to discuss the project with the community. If you weren't able to attend, please click here to see boards from the various informational stations.
Dublin: IKEA submits plans for proposed store - 03/15/2016 The proposed IKEA Dublin store could open in 2018, employ 350 people.
Plans submitted for a potential new IKEA store in Dublin - 03/15/2016 The plan includes the development of a nearby six-acre area that could be used for retail stores and/or restaurants.
Q. Where is IKEA in the process with the City? In March, we filed an application with the City of Dublin – which triggered the first step in a long, thorough state-mandated public review process, which is to initiate an environmental review of the proposed project. Once all of the studies are completed, we will have public hearings, but that most likely will not be until early 2017.
Q. What is the exact location of the site being proposed for an IKEA store? The IKEA property is 27 acres at the northwest corner of I-580 and Hacienda Drive. The IKEA store will be located on only 21 acres, allowing the remaining acreage to accommodate additional retail uses. The site, which is the same one as the previously approved IKEA proposal, is vacant.
Q. How does IKEA plan to handle the customer flow to minimize impact on the local Dublin residents? IKEA does not open until 10:00am each day, which is after the morning commute time, and our busiest times are on weekend afternoons. Located right off the highway, a retail store is less impactful on traffic than other uses (office or residential) because approximately 86% of the potential visitors to the proposed IKEA Dublin would be accessing the store via I-580.
As part of the state-prescribed review, the City is conducting a thorough environmental analysis, which includes a comprehensive look at potential traffic impacts and ways of addressing potential issues. We are very confident that the existing infrastructure already in place for an IKEA store – and which was built by IKEA to accommodate our previous plan – will help minimize any impact of customer access and flow to the proposed store. The existing infrastructure includes three dedicated left turn lanes from Hacienda to Martinelli, two dedicated left turn lanes from Martinelli into the proposed site, and two dedicated right turns from Martinelli to Hacienda to feed into the ramp for I-580. We also look forward to hearing other potential suggestions for easing flow on Hacienda and Martinelli.
Q. What size store is IKEA proposing for this Dublin location? IKEA Dublin would be approximately 378,000 square feet in order to accommodate approximately 50 different room settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, as well as an IKEA restaurant. However, much of the store’s size is actually for a self-serve furniture area where products are displayed and inventoried on-site for customers to take home on day of purchase.
Q. If IKEA is successful obtaining city approvals, how long will it take to open once construction begins? It could take approximately 15-18 months to open the store once construction has begun.
Q. When could the proposed IKEA Dublin be open? While an exact store opening date has not yet been determined and the city approval process has only just begun, we would hope to open IKEA Dublin in Spring 2019.
Q. What would be the hours of operation for the proposed IKEA Dublin? The proposed hours for an IKEA Dublin would be 10am – 9pm, Monday through Saturday, and 10am – 8pm on Sunday.
Q. Didn’t IKEA already propose a Dublin store? Was it the same location? What happened? What’s different now? The Bay Area always has been envisioned as a multiple-store market for IKEA. We pursued and secured approvals more than ten years ago for a Dublin store as our 3rd Bay Area store because the location complemented our presence in Emeryville and East Palo Alto. That situation has not changed; it still is a great location and very well suited for IKEA. Ten years ago, we decided the market was not quite developed enough to support a Tri-Valley store, so we sold the land. Now, we are more than confident of the potential success, and fortunately the site was available. So, we have repurchased the land and are participating in the city review process again for a similar project.
Q. What type of retail jobs does IKEA offer?An IKEA store offers a variety of employment opportunities, ranging from traditional retail positions such as human resources, sales and customer service to unique function such as Food, and Interior Design. Reflecting our Swedish heritage, our salaries are competitive within the local area, as well as within the industry. And as further investment in our coworkers, IKEA has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years.
IKEA also offers a wonderful benefits package including eligibility for medical, dental, paid-time off, domestic partner/children coverage, generous 401(k) matching, pension, and tuition assistance. Other benefits include: paid maternity/paternity leave and paid time off for child adoption; flexible work arrangements, extensive professional development, training and mentoring programs; lactation rooms for nursing mothers; and discounts for weight loss and smoking cessation services. In addition, all coworkers who work more than 20 hours per week are eligible for both short-term and long-term disability. For all of these reasons, IKEA has been ranked among "Best Companies to Work For."
Q. When would recruitment begin for the store’s 350 coworkers? It is too early to talk recruitment timelines as we are still focused on the city review and approval process. But, generally, the hiring process for most positions occurs 6-9 months before the store opens. All positions can be found on the website once they are available, and applications are taken online.
Q. When is IKEA busiest?IKEA stores are recognized for being very successful year-round, but 50% of the sales are generated on the weekend, with the busiest time on a Saturday afternoon. During the week, the busier times tend to be after-dinner, when families can shop together. From a calendar perspective, IKEA store sales typically do not peak in the winter due to the Winter Holidays. Instead, our busiest time is in late summer when the annual IKEA catalogue is distributed (usually sometime in August).
Q. What would the truck delivery schedule for this proposed Dublin store?Truck deliveries to restock the proposed IKEA Dublin would occur overnight and be completed by 9:30 AM, so as to not co-mingle with customers onsite. Since the trucks would be travelling directly from IKEA distribution centers and suppliers, we control their routes and times and thus can help minimize any impact on the local community.
Q. Does IKEA provide on-site security?Yes. Since IKEA owns the land and will own the building, our facility management team and safety & security team will be among the 350 coworkers at this proposed Dublin location. By having these functions managed locally, the store team will be able to respond to community needs and control systems in a timely fashion. Additionally, the safety & security team works to ensure the store maintains a safe and family-friendly shopping environment within the building as well as throughout the property. And, as normal routines, the store will be tied-into alert systems with the Alameda County Sheriff and Fire Departments.
Q. So, did IKEA buy the land again? Yes. Earlier this year, IKEA re-purchased the parcel from a private local developer to pursue the current iteration of the IKEA retail project.
Q. What type of input have you been receiving? Community members, city leaders and staff, and potential retail partners have provided feedback regarding: the building size; parking configuration; store design; square footage of adjacent retail space; pedestrian-friendly features of retail development; and specific suggestions regarding the potential retailers and restaurants folks would like to see in Dublin, adjacent to IKEA.
Q. What is IKEA doing with the input? What is the next step? Right now we are sifting through the comments and evaluating opportunities that may exist in our current proposal to address these suggestions. Once we reach a point where we have an updated version to communicate, we will share that information.
Q. I was not able to attend your open houses at the end of June. What did I miss? Is there something you can share from the open houses? We are sorry you were unable to attend. We appreciated meeting and speaking to those who did. Click here to see boards from the various stations at our open houses.
Q. Are those the only community open houses you will be having? I would like to hear about project and I have some questions to ask? The June open houses were one phase of our outreach. We anticipate having more this fall as well to share project updates. But, if you have questions you want to ask now, click here to ask. (And you can provide your contact info to ensure you are notified directly about the next wave of open houses.)
IKEA is a global company with more than 380 IKEA stores in 48 countries. Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered a wide range of home furnishings and accessories of good design and function, at low prices so the majority of the people can afford them.
Combining a tremendous variety of styles of furniture and accessories with 10,000 exclusively-designed product choices – ranging from sofas, bookcases, kitchens and kitchen appliances to beds, mattresses, office furniture and textiles – IKEA offers customers affordable solutions for every room in the home.
To help shoppers with ideas and inspiration for creating the home of their dreams, the unique IKEA shopping experience includes individual room-settings and complete home displays depicting various "life situations" — from a single mother and her daughter to a couple moving in together.
IKEA is a family-friendly company. We provide our visitors with a variety of activities for children, making the IKEA experience fun for the entire family. Below are some of these features:
IKEA products are designed with the price tag first, challenging designers to be innovative and think differently, resulting in quality furniture at low prices. With this goal in mind, most IKEA furniture designs are flat-packed, fitting more into every shipment and on fewer trucks, thus minimizing impact on the environment. With transport and storage costs lower, ‘flat-packing’ reduces waste and enables IKEA to pass along big savings to the customer. Also, the IKEA self-serve shopping concept and ready-to-assemble products (with globally-used pictorial assembly directions) allow customers to take their purchases home and use them the same day.
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