Ground has broken on the first major retail outlet of a massive industrial development in the northwestern suburbs of Sydney amid expectations a decades long home building boom will drive massive demand for furniture and household accessories and help stimulate a localised boom in bulky-goods retail construction activity.

In a ceremony attended by state premier Barry O’Farrell, the first sod was turned on what will be a 36,000 square metre IKEA store on 73,550 square metres of land on the site of the $1 billion Sydney Business Park development in Marsden Park. Set to take about 15 months to…