According to an exclusive story by the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, the Swedish furniture giant has been scoping out sites in Henrietta, outside of Rochester.

IKEA is known for it's flat-packed, inexpensive yet stylish furniture and home accessories. Currently, the only other stores in New York state are in Brooklyn and Long Island. Have we mentioned the Swedish meatballs sold in the store's cafeteria? All part of the IKEA shopping experience.

According to IKEA, "since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 400 IKEA stores in 49 countries, including 46 in the United States. IKEA has been included in the rankings of “Best Companies to Work For” and as further investment in its coworkers raised its own minimum wage twice in two years. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment."

The company recently broke ground on a 331,000 square foot store in Norfolk, Virginia, that is scheduled to open in 2019.

Where's Mohawk Valley EDGE on this? Call IKEA -  doesn't Utica have some empty land we could build an IKEA on?

Central New Yorkers, we can only hope  - but if an IKEA does open closer to us: ROAD TRIP!