This massive retail store is beginning to take shape in Norfolk

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An architectural rendering of IKEA's upcoming Norfolk location. (Courtesy of IKEA)
An architectural rendering of the IKEA Norfolk store off of Northampton Boulevard (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of IKEA)

NORFOLK — The newest IKEA store is beginning to take shape here.

Installation of the IKEA building’s blue composite panels has begun, bringing the store closer to its Spring 2019 opening date, according to a news release from the company.

The 331,000-square-foot store will be the 50th location to open in the U.S., according to the news release, and will be built on 19 acres on the northwestern corner of Interstate 64 and Northampton Boulevard.

“With IKEA Norfolk taking shape because of the installation of the iconic blue paneling, we are on track for a grand opening next spring,” said Lars Petersson, IKEA U.S. president. “Knowing there are many customers in the area excited for the opening, we look forward to seeing the progress of the building’s interior and its transformation into the classic IKEA store we all know and love.”

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IKEA Norfolk will feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items. (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of IKEA)
IKEA Norfolk will feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items. (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of IKEA)

According to the company, IKEA Norfolk will feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 room settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area and a 450-seat restaurant.

Approximately 250 permanent jobs will be created once the store opens, according to the news release.

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