Henrietta Town Supervisor Steve Schultz envisions IKEA moving into the space once occupied by Macy's at Marketplace Mall but he's hoping for the kind of store IKEA may just be moving away from.

Henrietta Town Supervisor Steve Schultz envisions IKEA moving into the space once occupied by Macy's at Marketplace Mall but he's hoping for the kind of store IKEA may just be moving away from.

"I would happily fly to Sweden if it would help close the deal..." states Schultz. Schultz thinks Henrietta is still in the running for an IKEA.

Schultz also says Wilmorite wanted the prime location at Marketplace Mall to have only one name on it, IKEA.

However, in recent weeks IKEA announced that it is changing its strategy away from suburban big box stores toward more urban centers while strengthening its digital approach.

Just last week IKEA announced that it was scrapping its plans to build a store in Raleigh, North Carolina.

"Unfortunately I'm not familiar with their process for expansion...again they haven't told us...so again we haven't gotten anything that says we're not coming your way," states Schultz. "But again it's been four months since we last heard anything. I'm assuming it means we're not going to have anything happen this year, but maybe next year."

Schultz says he's hoping, for the sake of Marketplace Mall, that IKEA is still considering Henrietta.

Plans for the outlet mall have stalled since the opening of Wilmorite's Del Lago Casino.

"I'm concerned about the mall. I don't want to see the mall turn into the Medley Centre and all the problems they had there," states Schultz.

IKEA Spokesperson Latisha Bracy released this statement in regards to the company's new strategy:

"To be fit for long-term growth, we are creating a new business model to make sure we're accessible and convenient for our customers today and in the future."

There is still no word on whether this will have an impact on Henrietta.