Ikea Norfolk slated to open in April; jobs still available

The Ikea in Norfolk will open in April. (Southside Daily/Courtesy of Ikea)
The Ikea in Norfolk will open in April. (Southside Daily/Courtesy of Ikea)

NORFOLK – Ikea on Tuesday announced it will open its location here on April 10 – it will be the Swedish company’s second location in Virginia, and 50th store in the U.S.

Customers can begin lining up at the store at 5 a.m. that day (the store opens at 9 a.m.) and soon will be able to learn more about grand opening plans and promotions or by joining the free loyalty program.

“We are happy with the construction progress to date at the future Ikea Norfolk store,” said Charlie Plisco, store manager. “We are confident we will be ready to open our doors by April and look forward to recruiting and training new co-workers joining the Ikea family, as well as sharing the IKEA experience with future customers in the Hampton Roads area.”

The 331,000-square-foot store will reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide, according to a news release from the company.

It’s on 19 acres on the northwestern corner of Interstate 64 and Northampton Boulevard. The store will feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 42 inspirational room settings, four model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area and a 354-seat restaurant serving traditional Swedish and American fare including Ikea meatballs, according to the news release.

The store is also equipped with the largest solar rooftop array in the Hampton Roads area and electric vehicle charging stations.

The project resulted in more than 500 construction jobs, the company said.

The store will have a workforce of about 250 — positions are still available in sales, customer service, goods flow, receiving, warehouse and stock replenishment, according to the company.

To apply, click here.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.