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Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group said three years ago that it would reinvent the Palm Beach Mall but only recently provided details.
The company said this month the project would include more than a million square feet of general retail space, a 290,000-square-foot furniture store, 300,000 square feet of offices and 500 residential units.
... community leaders say the furniture store is Ikea, the popular Swedish chain that opened in
My own uninformed guess is that Sunrise may be too popular for its own good,
seems to be doing fine (who'd ever think Scandinavian style would sell in Orlando, where everything has to be Tuscan?). So IKEA might be drawn to a site directly on I-95 with easy access to affluent northern Palm Beach County, even more affluent Martin County, and mortgage-busted Port St. Lucie.
This has been around for a while, but it appears that Simon is much more interested in this than Ikea is, unfortunately. There have been interviews with Ikea on the subject and their official line is something like "meh," and "no comment."
I would love to see an Ikea there (a full hour closer to me), but I have to say I've been down to
many times when it's been like a ghost town, so I don't know how high the demand really is. The Palm Beach Mall is in a truly bad neighborhood, too, which is why all the main anchors have left over the past few years--it's a scary place to be after dark.
Yes, but CityPlace is in what is/used to be a pretty bad area. If they were thinking of something like that, there might be hope for it, but still it's not connected to downtown like CityPlace. I can hope though.
is just so out of the way. Of course, I will make the trek for Ikea! I think they should put it in Boynton - they are putting everything else there!
The mall can't compete with the splendid one in Palm Beach Gardens and one in Wellington that I haven't visited. The news story has no new info on what Harpy indicates is the slim possibility of Ikea moving in.
I've only been to the
store once, on a very busy weekend. The
store appears to be a whopping success.