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Home furnishings retailer strengthens distribution network

Ikea is bolstering its fleet of customer fulfillment centers with two new buildings.

The retailer leased two facilities in Baytown, Texas and American Canyon, California. The warehouses will focus on delivering items to customers who order products online or purchase larger items at a store.

The 1 million-sq.-ft. space in Baytown is comprised of two buildings located 30 miles east of downtown Houston. The building, which opened earlier this year, is the fourth Ikea location in Texas, in addition to three stores. Three more Texas stores are currently being constructed, according to Ikea.

In American Canyon, the 646,000-sq.-ft. facility is part of Napa Logistics Park developed by DivcoWest and Orchard Partners — a property located 34 miles north of the Port of Oakland. The location, which will open in early 2018, is the tenth Ikea location in California, augmenting eight stores and a regional distribution center.

Each building will create approximately 200 jobs, according to Ikea.

“As we expand across the country and grow our online presence, we want to ensure we have sufficient warehouse capacity to support the efficient and timely delivery and shipment of products to our customers,” said Lars Petersson, Ikea U.S. president. “Our goal is to increase accessibility to the Ikea product selection, and these two fulfillment centers will help us meet the home furnishing needs of many American customers.”
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