Ikea hits milestone in Stoughton store expansion

File photo. Justine Hunt/Globe Staff.
File photo. Justine Hunt/Globe Staff.

Home furnishings retailer Ikea said it has achieved a construction milestone in a plan to expand its store in Stoughton by about 58,000 square feet.

Photo taken from Ikea’s website.

As a result, “the future additional space can be merged seamlessly with the existing building on schedule by fall 2014,” Ikea said.

The Stoughton store opened in 2005 with a foot print of 357,000 square feet. The store has remained open and operational during the expansion project. 

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The project includes expanding the store’s self-serve furniture area, where shoppers collect flat-packed furniture to take home on the same day, rearranging customer service functions to the newly built part of the store, and enlarging the home delivery area, Ikea said. 

“It was exciting to see the steel frame and blue panels appear as this expanded IKEA store takes shape,” store manager Anton van Dongen said in a statement. “We are very pleased that this progress keeps us on track for our larger and enhanced shopping experience to be completed this summer, so we can better meet the home furnishings needs of customers throughout the Boston-area, northern New England and beyond.”

Ikea was founded in Sweden in 1943. The chain currently operates about 350 IKEA stores in 44 countries, including 38 in the US.