Marietta Releases Renderings of Franklin Gateway Ikea

Atlanta Journal Constitution - December 21, 2017

By:  Meris Lutz

The city of Marietta has released renderings of a proposed 338,000-square-foot Ikea slated to open on Franklin Gateway.

The Swedish company is under contract to purchase 28 acres from the city for $9.25 million, and an adjacent six acres to build its second metro Atlanta location.

Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin unveiled the deal at a city hall celebration Wednesday, characterizing it as a transformative economic development project. A city spokesperson said Ikea received no tax breaks or abatements.

A rendering of the Ikea proposed for Franklin Gateway in Marietta. (Courtesy of the city of Marietta)

The store is expected to hire between 250 and 300 full-time workers, in addition to creating hundreds of construction jobs. A timeline has not been set for construction and grand opening.

The plot of land is the former site of Marquis Place apartments, which the city bought and razed using $17 million in funds from a redevelopment bond issue approved in 2013. 

Ikea’s announcement follows the opening of an Atlanta United soccer training complex on Franklin Gateway, a neighborhood that has been the target of aggressive redevelopment efforts by the city.

Caroline Whaley