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

Marietta releases renderings of Franklin Gateway Ikea

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.

A rendering of the 338,000-square-foot Ikea proposed for Franklin Gateway in Marietta. (Courtesy of the city of Marietta)

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.

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