Ikea Eyes Norfolk For Second Virginia Store

Ikea has submitted plans to the city of Norfolk for a store that would increase the Swedish company’s presence in the Southeastern U.S. and allow the company to have a second store in Virginia.

Pending approvals, construction of the proposed Ikea Norfolk store could begin in spring 2017, with an opening in summer 2018. The company currently operates a store in Woodbridge, VA, and a furniture manufacturing facility in Danville.

Located centrally within the Hampton Roads area, and eight miles east of downtown Norfolk, the 331,000-square-foot proposed store and 1,000 parking spaces would be built on 19 acres at the northwestern corner of Interstate 64 and Northampton Boulevard. Store plans reflect the same unique architectural design for which Ikea stores are known worldwide. Ikea said it also will evaluate potential on-site power generation to complement its current U.S. renewable energy presence at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations.

“We are excited at the possibility of growing our Southeastern U.S. presence with a Norfolk store,” said Lars Petersson, Ikea U.S. president. “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 proposed Ikea Norfolk would 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 serving Swedish specialties as well as American dishes.

Ikea operates 42 stores in the U.S.