CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. -

IKEA is ready to expand its store in Canton Township, the home furnishings retailer announced Wednesday.

The store on Ford Road just west of Interstate 275 opened in June 2006 at 311,000 square feet. IKEA is planning to expand the store another 44,000 square feet.

Construction is expected to begin this fall. The store will remain open during the construction, which is expected to be finished by spring 2015.

"IKEA is thrilled with the success of IKEA Canton," said Matt Hunsicker, IKEA Canton store manager, in a statement. "But, as our customer base and sales continue to grow -- along with our product assortment -- the store’s warehouse capacity now is less than ideal. Extending the store's Self-Serve Furniture Area so it can hold more products would allow us to improve the shopping experience, to meet our customers’ needs more easily, and to enhance our ability to keep lowering prices."

If all goes according to plan, the project would include expanding the Self-Serve Furniture Area (where shoppers collect flat-packed furniture to take home on the same day), rearranging customer service functions to the newly built part of the store and enlarging the home delivery area. IKEA says the extension would blend seamlessly into the existing structure so the store can preserve the unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide.

The warehouse will increase from 75,294 square feet to 113,294 square feet. IKEA plans to demolish the adjacent building to make room for the addition.

The Canton Township IKEA is the only one in Michigan.

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