IKEA Norfolk opening pushed back to 2019

You'll need to wait even longer to shop at the Norfolk IKEA.

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- If you're excited to get your hands on some Swedish home furnishings, you're going to have to wait a little bit longer.

IKEA announced Tuesday morning that while a contractor has been hired to build their new retail store in Norfolk, the grand opening has been pushed back to spring of 2019.

IKEA had originally hoped to have the new store open by summer of 2018.

Groundbreaking is planned for this fall at the site on Northampton Boulevard, just off of Interstate 64.

READ MORE: IKEA announces plans for Hampton Roads store

The company ran into unexpected developmental costs a few months after they announced coming to Norfolk. Being built right next to the Lake Wright reservoir, Ikea needs to build a parking facility and evaluate the site for underground stormwater retention.

IKEA is expected to spend about $75 million on the Norfolk project. IKEA has said the 338,000 square-foot store is expected to support about 500 construction jobs, with 250 jobs in the store once it opens.

Currently, IKEA's only other store in the state is in northern Virginia.

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