Ikea to open 29,000 square metre Brisbane store
Ikea to open 29,000 square metre North Lakes store
The regular trips south to Springwood will be a thing of the past for many Ikea customers from next year, with a new store to open north of Brisbane.
The Swedish retail giant has announced it will build a new 29,000 square metre Ikea store at North Lakes, in the Moreton Bay region, which would be open in the second half of next year.
A spokeswoman for the company said the North Lakes Ikea would be “very similar” to the existing Springwood store in Logan.
Ikea Australia country manager David Hood said the development would create about 250 jobs in the Moreton Bay area.
“Recruitment for North Lakes will begin across all areas of the store, including furniture showroom, check-outs, sales, Ikea restaurant, children’s play areas, the warehouse, as well as positions in interior design, visual merchandising and management,” he said.
Mr Hood said 1500 solar panels would provide about a quarter of the energy needed to supply the store, which would also have 10,000 LED lights that consumed about 85 per cent less energy than other electricity-based light sources.
“We are committed to creating a better everyday life, and take the lead in developing and promoting solutions that help customers save energy, reduce or store waste and use less water,” he said.
“This store will allow Ikea to promote this sustainability message to the wider Queensland community to improve not only their lives but the lives of future generations.”
The North Lakes store, which will have a 1000-space car park, will be Ikea’s eighth on Australia’s eastern seaboard.
Moreton Bay mayor Allan Sutherland said the development was “what we’ve all been waiting for”, particularly with the promise of more local jobs.
“It just adds to the North Lakes experience,” he said.
“North Lakes is so central to the Moreton Bay region that there’s real opportunities there for people who live in the region to access places together.”
Cr Sutherland said Ikea had a ready-made market in the “battlers’ backyard” of Moreton Bay, where people wanted to buy and assemble flat-packs to save money.
“I know I used to make the journey on a Saturday or Sunday morning from Scarborough to the south side to pick up the flat-packs, a computer desk or whatever, and come back and spend the afternoon ignoring the instructions and putting it together,” he said.
As of next year, Cr Sutherland said he expected a similar weekend influx into North Lakes.
“People from the Sunshine Coast and the north side of Brisbane will come to the Ikea at North Lakes, I’ve got no doubt about that,” he said.