Work to start on second Ikea store for Queensland
THERE will be no escaping the great retail mouse trap game called Ikea with a second super store set to open its doors near Costco at North Lakes in the second half of next year.
Quest is reporting that construction will begin this week on the Swedish furniture and homeware store between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.
Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland said Ikea's second Queensland store would provide one of the biggest boosts to the region in the next few years.
He predicted shoppers would travel from the greater Brisbane region and the Sunshine Coast.
Ikea is famous for its maze like shopping experience which forces customers to wind their way through virtually every section before emerging out at the end.
It's also famous for its Swedish meatballs and low cost family dining.
Ikea will sit next to Westfield North Lakes and will be similar in size to the one at Logan.
Quest reported that the North Lakes store includes 12,000sq m dedicated to the furniture showroom and market hall.
It also includes seating for 450 in the restaurant, as well as the popular food market and bistro.
Queensland's second Ikea was first approved in December 2012.
The development approval for Westfield North Lakes includes 29 000m² gross lettable area for an Ikea showroom, eight cinemas and approximately 20 000m² gross lettable area for the shopping centre extension.
An additional 1,366 car parks will be provided on the site, taking the total of car parks to just over 5,000.
At the time, Mr Sutherland said Ikea was the right fit for one of the fastest growing regions in Australia.
"This will be only the second location for the world-famous home furnishings store in south-east Queensland," Mr Sutherland said.
"The addition of Ikea will help to cement North Lakes' as one of south-east Queensland's top shopping destinations."
The extension of Westfield North Lakes was expected to create thousands of jobs for the region.