The Glen at Dublin would bring significant economic and community benefits to the Tri-Valley. In particular, the economic value of having The Glen in town is substantial, especially in tax revenue and job creation. IKEA and the other retailers at The Glen will be active partners in the Tri-Valley, forging community partnerships and offering family-friendly community amenities.
Property and sales tax revenues to the City’s general fund and the Dublin Unified School District would be substantial from The Glen. 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.
In addition to generating about $1.8 million in tax revenue annually and creating hundreds of jobs, the proposed project will create a fun atmosphere for Dublin residents to shop, dine, and gather together along the plaza. We have created a pedestrian-oriented design that will feature various community amenities in the heart of the retail development, which could include event spaces, a water element, child play structures, and more. The Glen will feature indoor/outdoor restaurants that will create a distinctive sense of place alongside the shops.
For the past several months, we have heard from hundreds of Tri-Valley residents about what type of retailers you would like to see on the site. Some of the top responses are:
We will continue to collect feedback on the adjacent retail options and the entire site plan. Please click here to submit your feedback now.
Reflecting our Swedish heritage, IKEA has a strong record of incorporating sustainable business practices into our day-to-day operations. Consistent with our 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:
The Glen at 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.