Original post made by Tom L., Crescent Park, on Nov 4, 2006
The rumor in East Palo Alto is that IKEA will close after Christmas. Some employees have been told and they're letting the cat out of the bag. This is a real loss in many ways -- first, the City was depending on the sales tax revenue from that place. Second, while unemployment is generally low, that's not the case in EPA, and this won't help. The third issue is purely aesthetic, but what will become of that giant building on 101? It's too big for a supermarket to use as a store. A giant boarded up building will be an eyesore for the community and possibly attract crime. This is really sad news for our friends in East Palo Alto. Maybe something can be done before it closes????