Ikea on Tuesday announced it will open its Norfolk location 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.
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