IKEA announces Norfolk store that could open in summer 2018

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NORFOLK – Home furniture retailer IKEA has announced plans for a Hampton Roads store at I-64 and Northampton Boulevard that could open by summer 2018.

The Swedish company’s plans call for a 331,000-square-foot store with 1,000 parking spaces on 19 acres at the northwestern corner of the interstate and Northampton Boulevard, according to an IKEA release.

The retailer is submitting plans to the city; pending their approval, construction could begin next spring, it said.

The next-closest IKEA store for Hampton Roads shoppers is about a three-hour drive away in Woodbridge.

“We are excited at the possibility of growing our Southeastern U.S. presence with a Norfolk store,” IKEA U.S. president Lars Petersson said in the release. “A location in this retail corridor would provide our nearly 35,000 Hampton Roads customers their own store and introduce the unique IKEA shopping experience to others throughout southeast Virginia.”

The company said construction would employ 500 people, and operation of the store would bring about 250 jobs.

Here’s a look at some features of the planned IKEA Norfolk store, according to the company’s announcement:

  • nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items
  • 50 inspirational room-settings
  • three model home interiors
  • 450-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries, salmon plates and American dishes
  • a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the showroom
  • one supervised children’s play area
  • baby care rooms and play areas throughout the store

IKEA has more than 380 stores in 48 countries, including 42 in the U.S.