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IKEA gets nod from City Council of Norfolk, US for new Virginia store

RBR Staff Writer Published 14 February 2017

Swedish home furnishings retailer IKEA has secured the approval of the City Council of Norfolk in Virginia to establish a new store.

The new store will be located at Hampton Roads and is expected to expand the presence of the furnishings retailer in the southeastern region of the country.

It will be IKEA’s second store in Virginia after the IKEA Woodbridge store.

The Swedish company, subject to clearance of the remaining approvals and permits, plans to break ground for the Norfolk store in summer with the opening slated for the next summer.

IKEA US president Lars Petersson said: “We are humbled by the support from Norfolk officials and staff in favor of an IKEA store on land included on the City’s regional growth plan.

“IKEA Norfolk will bring the unique IKEA shopping experience closer to Hampton Roads shoppers who have not been to an IKEA store or are not able to visit frequently.”

Construction of the new store is expected to create 500 jobs while around 250 coworkers would join the new store after its opens doors.

Proposed to come on a 331,000ft2 area, the new IKEA store would be located eight miles east of downtown Norfolk, centrally within the Hampton Roads locality.

The store would comprise 10,000 exclusively designed items, three model home interiors, 50 room-settings, a children’s play area and also a 450-seat restaurant serving Swedish and American cuisines.

IKEA expects its new Norfolk store to provide considerable annual sales and property tax revenue for the Virginia state and also the local governments and schools.

Image: IKEA gets approval from City Council of Norfolk for new store. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire/IKEA.