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IKEA in Tyre? Unlikely despite interest from Seneca Co. officials

The world’s largest furniture retailer coming to Seneca County?

Not so fast.

The Seneca County Industrial Development Agency gauged interest from the Netherlands-based furniture company to locate in Tyre, near the New York State Thruway.

They weren’t interested.

According to IDA Executive Director Bob Aronson, the company likes to be placed near a major airport. “We checked that out and were told Seneca County is not on their radar for a location.”

According to the Finger Lakes Times, IDA representatives reached out a second time, but had not heard back from the company.

A number of factors could be working against Seneca County in their pursuit of an IKEA store.

One being that the company has already begun the search process in Henrietta for a prospective location. Some have speculated that the former-Macy’s location at the Marketplace Mall — located close to I-390, the New York State Thruway, and Rochester International Airport — as an ideal landing spot.

The company has not made a decision, though.

Another factor is the county’s low unemployment rate. It sits at 3.2 percent, and when launching a big box store — prospective employees could be viewed as ‘hard to come by’, for a company like IKEA.

The IDA continues seeking support and interest from companies for the State Route 318 corridor, which will have a new sewer system expected to be operational this August.

County Manager John Sheppard said last week that one of his major priorities for the year was ensuring that the sewer project continues on pace, and is operational by late-summer.

IDA Board Member Jeff Shipley, who is also the President of the Chamber of Commerce called it a ‘great’ opportunity. “It’s a destination-style retail store and would be a perfect fit for Seneca County.”

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