Ikea buys more Joliet land, may build second warehouse, mayor says

Karen Sorensen | 3/26/2015, 2:06 p.m.
The Sweden-based company has already announced plans to build a 1.4 million-square-foot distribution center in Laraway Crossings, and could add ...

Ikea, which has already committed to building a 1.4 million-square-foot distribution center in Joliet, has purchased more land at the same site to possibly build a second warehouse operation, Mayor Thomas Giarrante said Thursday.

Although the company has not announced its plans for the acreage they're adding west of the 72 acres it already owns in the Laraway Crossing Business Park, Giarrante said he's been told it will be used for future development.

“They expect to build a second warehouse on the adjacent property," Giarrante said in a news release announcing the land purchase. "However, IKEA officials have not said when the additional site will be operational.”

The Sweden-based company, with home furnishing stores in Bolingbrook and Schaumburg, announced in February that it would build a huge distribution center to serve its 10 stores in the Midwest and to fulfill customer orders. The company bought the land in 2007, but held off on building until this year.

Construction could start this fall or early 2016 and should be complete by 2017.

Ikea currently has just five distribution centers in the United States -- two on the West Coast and three on the East Coast. Items stored and distributed at the Joliet location will be received at coastal ports from Asia and Europe and moved by train via the CenterPoint intermodal facility in Joliet.