GLENDALE, Ariz. (KSAZ) - It was an exciting announcement back in September, as Ikea announced it would be building a store not far from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.
The original plan calls for the store to be built on the southeast corner of Bethany Home Road and the 101. The plans, however, have now fallen though. Fans of the furniture store bummed over the latest developments.
"I am really disappointed," said Raquel Salazar. "I love their, like, the furniture. I go all the time."
"We just moved into our first house, so getting that stuff for that price without going to Walmart, decent quality for a good price," said Jordan Hibbs.
Ikea's original location in the Valley, located at the I-10 and Warner in Tempe, has been open for 14 years.
Statement by Glendale City Manager Kevin Phelps
"Local representatives for IKEA indicated this decision is part of a new corporate strategy focused on e-commerce. Obviously, while understanding, we are disappointed in IKEA's decision because we knew this location would have been hugely successful at this prime location. The city of Glendale is committed to working with the property owner to help identify a new developer that can benefit from the attributes of this special site."