Norfolk IKEA construction planned to begin in the fall

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Swedish home furnishings store IKEA is expected to come to Norfolk by the end of summer in 2018, but ground breaking delays and unexpected development costs are slowing the process.

Last June, IKEA announced its plan to build the 331,000 square-foot store and 1,000 parking spaces on 19 acres at the northwestern corner of Interstate 64 and Northampton Boulevard.

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Originally construction was to begin by the spring, but a specific start date still hasn't been decided.

An IKEA spokesman said they are hoping to break ground in the fall, but there is no exact time frame.

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.

According to a city spokeswoman, IKEA has an approved site plan, but changes have been submitted.

In total the Norfolk City Council has agreed to pay $5.5 million toward the development of the IKEA site. 

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

In May, the company also made an announcement of plans to build a store in Raleigh, North Carolina by 2020.

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

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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