News 3 gets first look inside Norfolk’s IKEA

NORFOLK, Va. – Your future home decor destination is now complete - IKEA is closer to officially opening its doors in Norfolk!

Thursday afternoon, Mayor Kenny Alexander and the home furnishing retailer's store manager gave the first guided tours inside the 331,000-square-foot facility.

They also discussed recruitment efforts. The public affairs manager at IKEA US said the store plans to hire 250 employees, both full and part-time.

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The new IKEA will offer nearly 10,000 items, 50 rooms, three model home interiors, a kids’ play area and a 450-seat restaurant. And yes, the restaurant will serve the famous IKEA meatballs in addition to traditional Swedish and American cuisine.

The store will also evaluate potential on-site power generation to complement its current U.S. goal of a renewable energy presence at nearly 90 percent of its U.S. locations.

Local resident Charlie Plisco was announced as the manager of the store, which will be the 50th store in the U.S. He joined IKEA in 2016 as the Deputy Store Manager at the IKEA Stoughton in Massachussetts, where he learned about the company culture and how to operate a successful location while building a great place to work.

“We are excited to open our second store in Virginia under Charlie’s leadership,” said IKEA U.S. president Lars Petersson. “His passion for his hometown paired with his experience will help create an inspirational experience at IKEA Norfolk for both customers and co-workers.”

Plisco served as store manager and district manager at other U.S. retailers.

“IKEA recognizes the customer base that exists in the Virginia area, and I look forward to providing existing and future customers a store of their own,” Plisco said. “At the same time, I am excited to spread the IKEA culture among new co-workers, as well as offer job-seekers diverse positions with limitless opportunity at a global company known for being a great place to work.”

The store is expected to open near the future location of Burton Crossing in Spring 2019.