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Last month, IKEA's largest store in North America opened in Montreal. It was actually the reopening of IKEA Montreal, expanding the home furnishings store from 237,473 sq. ft. to 469,694 sq. ft. Now twice the size, it also has twice the number of products, which totals 9,000.
The new store includes 54 "inspirational" room settings; two full home settings; a 600-seat restaurant; 600 shopping carts; and 1,407 parking spots. The home furnishings store also has 48 checkout stands, and the larger warehouse makes it possible that kitchen customers take home their purchases the same day.
There's also a new play area, Smaland, which features 40,000 balls for children to play with. Smaland is named after the province in southern Sweden where IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad was born in 1926. He was raised on Elmtaryd, a farm near the small village of Agunnaryd.
According to IKEA, the new construction is 40% more efficient than the stores built in the early 2000s. And due to the increase in the size of the Montreal store, 50 additional employees were hired. IKEA has 325 stores in 40 countries, with 12 in Canada:
Alberta: Calgary | Edmonton
British Columbia: Coquitlam | Richmond
Ontario: Burlington | Etobicoke | North York | Ottawa | Vaughan
Quebec: Boucherville | Montreal
|The new restaurant in IKEA Montreal.|