Ikea planning Raleigh-area store

Ikea planning Raleigh-area store

North Carolina's first location opened in Charlotte in 2009.

The popular home furnishings retailer announced that it is submitting plans to the Town of Cary for a potential Raleigh-area store.

According to a press release, the company is proposing a 15-acre site near Interstate 40 and Cary Towne Boulevard, adjacent to where the mall is located.

IKEA officials said that the town is considering a rezoning for part of the Cary Towne Center, which would be demolished.

Ikea said the store would create more than 500 jobs during the construction phase and employ about 300 people when it opens.

The proposed location would be an approximately 359,000-square-foot store with a two-level parking structure and 1,000 parking spaces.

The store would have the same basic features the retailer is well-known for - the same architectural design; the almost 10,000 exclusive furniture and other home items; 50 room settings, three model home interiors; a supervised children's play area; and a 450-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties and other items. It operates 43 US stores and more than 390 stores in 48 countries. The redevelopment of the mall site has drawn a lot of attention from citizens, staff, and council over the months and years and has been a priority.

Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht said he is excited about the announcement, but he doesn't yet know the details of the plan.



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