Ikea eyes Dublin for next Bay Area store

Bay Area residents could have three IKEA stores to choose from if plans submitted for a new Dublin location are approved, the company said Tuesday morning.

If approved by the city, construction on a new home furniture store could begin as early as spring 2017 for a projected store opening opening sometime in summer 2018, according to IKEA officials.

The proposed 339,000-square-foot store would be built on a 21-acre property in the northwestern corner of Hacienda Drive and Interstate Highway 580.

Additionally, the plan includes the development of a nearby six-acre area for a 52,000-square-foot space that could be used for retail stores, a restaurant and a boutique hotel, company officials said.

The store would be IKEA’s ninth location in California. The two current Bay Area locations are in Emeryville and East Palo Alto.

IKEA U.S. president Lars Petersson said in a statement:

“We continue to be thrilled with the reception afforded us in the Bay Area. …¬†This proposed store would complement the presence in Emeryville and East Palo Alto, providing Tri-Valley customers their own store.”

Construction on the project could create more than 500 jobs and, once open, the store would employ about 350 people, according to company officials.