October 6, 2011
Swedish furniture retailer IKEA has recalled a cube-shaped children's folding tent after its sharp edges caused at least one injury, officials said The steel frame on the BUSA children's folding tent has the potential of breaking and exposing sharp ends, which can cut through the tent and cut someone. While three incidents, including one minor injury, have been reported worldwide, no incidents have been reported in the U.S. and Canada. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada issued the voluntary recall today, advising consumers to stop using the tents immediately and returned to an IKEA store for a refund.
December 5, 2012
OK, Burbank people, show us you are not dumb. You are going to get the largest IKEA ever at San Fernando Road and Alameda, streets with two lanes each way and you had to complain about traffic if Walmart came in. Well, I agree about the traffic. However, Walmart would offer more jobs and what is IKEA offering you? Wake up and get real, people. Jim Avery Burbank
December 11, 2012
As reported, IKEA wants to relocate their Burbank store to San Fernando Road and Providencia Avenue. The new building will be twice the size of the current facility. So you thought Walmart would cause a traffic problem. The proposed site for the new IKEA facility will create traffic problems that cannot be efficiently resolved. The property is paralleled by railroad tracks and the I-5 freeway. This limits access from the west and will force traffic flow through downtown Burbank or down the residential streets on the east side of San Fernando Road.
November 13, 2012
The Burbank IKEA currently sits on a city-owned piece of property at 600 N. San Fernando Blvd., adjacent to the Burbank Town Center. The IKEA is also the beneficiary of a 95-year, rent-free lease from the city of which 72 years still remain. Even with the generous benefits afforded to the IKEA, they wish to move. The good news is IKEA wants to stay in Burbank and is looking to acquire a large site at 805 S. San Fernando Blvd. (near Alameda Avenue). Better yet, the Burbank Town Center is looking to acquire the property the IKEA sits on from the city of Burbank to expand its operations associated with the Town Center.
November 16, 2012
IKEA's surprise announcement this week that it was moving ahead with plans to expand in a huge way must have sent a collective sigh of relief through City Hall, where just days before a complicated, redevelopment-related land deal to hold on to the retailer was frosted by the state. The Europeans apparently know how to keep their ace card a secret, announcing a separate deal Thursday with a real estate company to acquire 22 acres less than one mile from the current IKEA location. Nearly double in size, the proposed new store will not only have more square footage for roommates to argue over shelving units, but will also bring in significantly more sales tax revenue.
July 26, 2012
A woman made off with about $300 in cash from IKEA on Tuesday after grabbing it from an open register, police said. The woman, described as being between 40 and 50 years old, approached the cash register at about 8:20 p.m. in the downtown Burbank store to purchase a candle, Sgt. Darin Ryburn said. “She gave the cashier the money, and when the cashier went to give her change, the woman fled with cash from the register after a struggle with the cashier,” Ryburn said. No injuries were reported as a result of the scuffle.
November 3, 2012
Burbank has initiated a series of funding deals to keep IKEA - a top sales-tax revenue generator - within city limits. The Swedish furniture retailer - a retail powerhouse in Burbank for more than two decades - has outgrown its current building has been looking for about a decade to expand its operations, said IKEA spokesman Joseph Roth. “Parking is challenging, the loading zone is challenging, the store itself is too small,” he said. The retailer already has its eye on a property - located at 805 South San Fernando Boulevard - that is twice the size of its current location, but it's occupied by Western Studio Service and a number of office tenants.
February 5, 2013
Burbank on Monday approved the sale of the IKEA building to a local developer, setting the stage for the furniture giant to move forward with plans to roughly double its operation in the city and become its biggest location in the country. City officials said they were thrilled about the ability to retain the top sales tax generator in Burbank. And with the expansion, the city only expects to reap more sales- and property-tax revenue, while also holding on to roughly 500 local jobs.
October 15, 2003
Molly Shore The book of knowledge just got easier to read at Burbank High School's year-old library. With $10,000 worth of furniture donated by IKEA of Burbank, students now have comfortable areas in the library's second-floor loft and first floor lounges to study or curl up with a book. At a Monday afternoon ribbon-cutting ceremony, the furniture was unveiled to an appreciative audience of district administrators, city officials, teachers and students.