Dublin representatives are holding an informational public meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. tonight to discuss plans by the IKEA home furniture store to build its third Bay Area store in Dublin.
The proposed 339,000-square-foot store would be built on a 21-acre parcel in the northwestern corner of Hacienda Drive and Interstate 580.
City leaders are asking residents to attend tonight's workshop i the Dublin Civic Center to learn about IKEA's plans and to provide feedbaack on the plans.
Construction of the new store could begin as early as next spring for a projected store opening sometime in the summer of 2018, according to IKEA officials.
Additionally, the plan includes the development of a nearby six-acre area for a 52,000-square-foot space that could be used for retail stores, a restaurant and a boutique hotel, company officials said.
The store would be IKEA's ninth location in California. The two current Bay Area locations are in Emeryville and East Palo Alto.
"We continue to be thrilled with the reception afforded us in the Bay Area," IKEA U.S. president Lars Petersson said in a statement. "This proposed store would complement the presence in Emeryville and East Palo Alto, providing Tri-Valley customers their own store."
Construction on the project could create more than 500 jobs and, once open, the store would employ about 350 people, according to company officials.