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IKEA to open new DC in Tacoma, store in Denver

BY HBSDEALER Staff

IKEA is set to open a new distribution center in Tacoma, Wash., next week, which eventually will serve the retailer’s big-box stores in the northwestern United States.

The 834,000-square-foot DC will open on Sept. 17, with a special grand opening celebration. Washington Governor Chris Gregoire will attend the event, which will include a “traditional Swedish log-sawing” and a flag raising ceremony.

Goods moving through the Port of Tacoma will be distributed through the center to stores in Draper, Utah; Renton, Wash.; and Portland, Ore.

The distribution center is set to employ around 125 people, according to the company. Eventually, the store will expand to 1 million square feet.

In related news, the Swedish home decor and furnishings giant IKEA said it plans a new store in Centennial, Colo., a suburb of Denver.

This would be IKEA’s first store in Colorado, expanding the retailer’s presence in the Rocky Mountain region, according to a statement from IKEA.

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Wolf recalls 24,000 ranges

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Madison, Wis.-based Wolf Appliance has recalled 24,000 gas ranges manufactured in the United States due to a delayed gas ignition problem.

The faulty gas ignition can cause a flash of flames to come out of the range door when it’s opened.

The company has received 97 reports of delayed ignition, as well as 15 reports of minor burns, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. There have been no reports of fires or property damage.

The ranges were sold through a variety of home-building and appliance stores around the country from January 1998 to June 2008. Some units were sold directly to home builders.

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True Value retailer named Citizen of the Year

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Raymond Chamberlin of Belmont True Value Hardware in Belmont, N.Y., was recently named Citizen of the Year by the Belmont Betterment Association and the residents of Belmont.

Chamberlin received the honor in recognition of his achievements in business and overall contributions to the community. Since purchasing Belmont True Value in 1981, he has expanded the retail selling space from 3,000 square feet to 7,000 square feet, and has added building materials and a lumberyard.

“In rough times we’ve had lately, we’ve been able to thrive by working on customer service, making people feel special when they walk in the door,” Chamberlin said. “I think the Betterment Association is appreciative to see a small business doing well in this society.”

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