CLEVELAND - Word is spreading across the north coast; IKEA is taking another look at Northeast Ohio.
According to Cleveland.com, the Plain Dealer Publishing Company has “signed a contract to sell 16 acres in the suburb of Brooklyn to IKEA.”
The land under contract reportedly sits north of the Plain Dealer's Tiedeman Road plant on I-480.
No one from the newspaper returned Fox8’s call for comment, although Brooklyn's Director of Development did confirm IKEA had been investigating.
According to an IKEA spokesperson that's all the Swedish company had been doing.
"We currently have not purchased any land in the Cleveland area," said IKEA spokesperson Joseph Roth.
Roth confirmed the company had been looking at northeast Ohio for at least ten years.
"We recognize a customer base exists for us there and we're very excited about the potential for a store, we just have not committed to one yet," he said.
Roth said company representatives had been looking at several sites in the Cleveland area. He said IKEA requires 20 to 30 acres of land along a major highway, one that would provide visibility. 1,000 to 1300 parking spaces would occupy some of that space, although Roth said IKEA could be flexible and locate parking underneath a store if possible
"IKEA views Cleveland as a large enough metropolitan area to support an IKEA store in the long term, but at this time, we have not committed to a location or time frame for opening a store," he insisted.
IKEA currently has 315 stores in 27 countries.