The City Council of Norfolk, Virginia, approved plans for the Ikea to open a store in Hampton Roads.
Pending remaining approvals and permits, construction could begin in Summer 2017, with an opening in Summer 2018. Until then, local customers can shop at IKEA stores in Woodbridge, VA and Charlotte, NC, or online at IKEA-USA.com.
Located centrally within the Hampton Roads area and eight miles east of downtown Norfolk, the 331,000-square-foot proposed IKEA store and 1,200 parking spaces would be built on nearly 19 acres at the northwestern corner of Interstate 64 and Northampton Boulevard. Store plans reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide. IKEA also will evaluate potential on-site power generation to complement its current U.S. renewable energy presence at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations.
“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,” said IKEA U.S. president Lars Petersson. “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.”
IKEA Norfolk would feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 450-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes.
Other family-friendly features include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the Showroom, baby care rooms, play areas throughout the store, and preferred parking.
In addition to the more than 500 jobs that are expected to be created during the construction phase, approximately 250 coworkers would join the IKEA family when the new store opens.