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Old Sep 23rd, 08, 3:08 pm   #1
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IKEA West Palm Beach?

Palm Beach Mall's search for buyers puts redo on hold

This Palm Beach Post story indicates that plans to redevelop the Palm Beach Mall are on hold--and so is the Ikea store.

Here's an apparently earlier story from the Sun-Sentinel (Ft. Lauderdale), detailing a vast project:

Palm Beach Mall loses Dillard's, may get Ikea -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

Here's key info from the news story:

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 Sunrise last year.
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My own uninformed guess is that Sunrise may be too popular for its own good, Orlando 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.

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Old Jan 9th, 09, 10:30 am  
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Ooh, if only Simon would go ahead with that redo!

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Re: IKEA West Palm Beach?

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 Sunrise 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.

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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. Sunrise 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!

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Re: IKEA West Palm Beach?

Hi, Mondernhulagirl.

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Oh, I do, too, but I'd like to see it even further north, myself, since I'm up in Jensen Beach, almost equidistant from Orlando and Sunrise .

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Re: IKEA West Palm Beach?

The Palm Beach Mall is finally losing its Macy's.
The Macy's at Palm Beach Mall is one of 11 that will close -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

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 Sunrise store once, on a very busy weekend. The Orlando store appears to be a whopping success.

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Re: IKEA West Palm Beach?

The Palm Beach Post reports that the Palm Beach Mall is being sued for foreclosure. So no Ikea at the site, at least not for now.

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Ah man, I was just thinking about that! The one hour or so to Sunrise is okay going there, but 3 hours later, when I am done shopping, I just want to go home! Maybe someday.... A girl can dream.

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Re: IKEA West Palm Beach?

Wow, this rumor has been revived. Article in today's Palm Beach Post:

Palm Beach Mall reps talking to IKEA, Bass Pro

I sure hope it's true, although I still think that's a pretty high crime area for Ikea to want.

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Re: IKEA West Palm Beach?

Neat. My impression is that the area's quite busy with retail, at least the big-box variety.

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