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IKEA to break ground on Norfolk location Friday

An architectural rendering of IKEA's upcoming Norfolk location. (Courtesy of IKEA)
An architectural rendering of IKEA’s upcoming Norfolk location. (Courtesy of IKEA)

NORFOLK — Although shoppers will need to wait longer than originally anticipated for IKEA to open in Hampton Roads, the Swedish furniture retailer is set to break ground on the project on Friday.

IKEA announced that it will be hosting a groundbreaking event at the site of their future Norfolk-based store location at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 17.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander will be among the elected officials attending the event.

Development plans for the 338,000-square-foot facility hit a snag towards the end of September after the projected mid-2018 opening was pushed back almost a year.

The store will be located at the northwestern corner of I-64 and Northampton Boulevard on 19 acres of land is slated to employ around 250 people when it opens in spring 2019.

According to IKEA, the new store location will feature thousands of furniture items, including three model home interiors and 50 room-settings.

The facility will also house a restaurant that seats 450 people and a supervised children’s play area.

In November, city council unanimously approved an additional $500,000 in funding for “unanticipated development costs,” bringing the city’s total contribution to $5.5 million.

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