City Council of Norfolk approves IKEA’s proposal for its Hampton Roads store

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, 2017-Feb-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, expressed its appreciation to the City Council of Norfolk, Virginia for its unanimous approval this afternoon of plans for the Swedish company’s Hampton Roads store that would increase the IKEA presence in the southeastern U.S. as its second store in the state. Pending remaining approvals and permits, construction could begin in Summer 2017, with an opening in Summer 2018. Until then, local customers can shop at IKEA stores in Woodbridge, VA and Charlotte, NC, or online at IKEA-USA.com.

Located centrally within the Hampton Roads area and eight miles east of downtown Norfolk, the 331,000-square-foot proposed IKEA store and 1,200 parking spaces would be built on nearly 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 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 humbled by the support from Norfolk officials and staff in favor of an IKEA store on land included on the City’s regional growth plan,” said IKEA U.S. president Lars Petersson. “IKEA Norfolk will bring the unique IKEA shopping experience closer to Hampton Roads shoppers who have not been to an IKEA store or are not able to visit frequently.”

IKEA Norfolk would feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 450-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the Showroom, baby care rooms, play areas throughout the store, and preferred parking. In addition to the more than 500 jobs that are expected to be created during the construction phase, approximately 250 coworkers would join the IKEA family when the new store opens. IKEA Norfolk also would provide significant annual sales and property tax revenue for state and local governments and schools.

Drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, IKEA strives to minimize its operations’ carbon emissions because reducing its environmental impact makes good business sense. IKEA evaluates locations regularly for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficient distribution. U.S. sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material; incorporating key measures into buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, warehouse skylights, and water-conserving restrooms; and operationally, eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process, phasing-out the sale of incandescent light bulbs, facilitating recycling compact fluorescent bulbs, and sells only LED bulbs. IKEA U.S. has installed electric vehicle charging stations at 15 locations, has solar arrays at 90% of its locations, and owns two wind farms in the U.S.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 390 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 43 in the U.S. IKEA has been included in rankings of “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKE

Contact:
Joseph Roth
Expansion Public Affairs
(610) 834-0180, x 6500

Source: IKEA

Ten Drawings Selected from 70,000 Submissions Around the World for IKEA’s third annual Soft Toy Drawing Competition

Ten Drawings Selected from 70,000 Submissions Around the World for IKEA’s third annual Soft Toy Drawing Competition

 

Children 12 and Under Were Invited to Co-Create New Toy Collection; Ten Drawings Have Been Selected from 70,000 Submissions Around the World – Including One from the U.S. – for New Collection Available November 2017

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, 2017-Feb-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA announces today (02/06/2017) the winners of its third annual Soft Toy Drawing Competition, which invites children aged 12 and under* to share drawings of their very own imaginary creatures for the chance of turning them into real soft toys. This year, IKEA received more than 70,000 entries from around the globe and the ten most fantastic drawings – including an entry from the U.S. – have been selected to make up the limited-edition SAGOSKATT soft toy collection which will be available worldwide in IKEA stores starting November 2017.

“Every year, we’re so inspired to see the uninhibited creativity and fantastic fun in the submissions from kids around the world,” said Diane Zoll, Loyalty Program Manager, IKEA U.S. “We love that kids are designing for other kids – after all, they are the creators of tomorrow!”

The chosen drawings were selected based on uniqueness, as children were encouraged to submit ideas from their own fantasy to showcase their own unique expressions. Bodil Fritjofsson, Product Developer for Children’s IKEA, comments on this year’s winning drawings:

•U.S. – Rainbow cloud: Clouds are not usually known to brighten your day but this cloud certainly does! Happy, lovely colours and a happy face – we need happy faces.”
•Australia – Foxy: “It’s so perky and awake! It’s like it is saying – I’m in, whatever you’re up to, I’m in! And we like that it is drawn completely flat – kind of like Picasso.”
•Austria – Blue bird: “This one looks like a bit of ninja! It has a remarkable attitude, looking like it is holding back a fun secret. Its upturned beak and nimble feet will help to protect you.”
•Bulgaria – Unicorn dog: “This dog is magical, he looks like he can both dance ballet and fly. The shape of the head and the expression is just so spot on.”
•Germany – Crocodile: “It is so friendly and huggable, with a suspicious look on its face. You want to know what it has done and what it plans on doing next!”
•Japan – Egg shaped owl: “Kind, soft and lovely to hug, it looks like a great friend. The expression is so funny and the small, odd shaped feet are so cute.”
•Korea – purple monster/dragon/hedgehog: “This is like a super hero – wanting to look a little scary, but is just so sweet, kind of doing the gangman style – a bit funky.”
•Poland – Happy spider: “What is that sound? It is the sound of an energetic, agile and bouncy spider! It has great teeth, but friendly, with only a bit of a bite.”
•Russia –Toucan: “Ready for take-off! Full of action with only one foot on the ground. The large scale of the contrast coloured beak is great.”
•United Arab Emirates – Fluffy lion: “A fluffy, happy cartoonlike lion, looking like he’s saying “I’m on fire :-)”, ready for any adventure, but he won’t eat you. Big soft nice feet.”

”The event creates opportunities for children to be creative – to draw their dream toy – and that opens up their fantasy, which really shows in the art,” says Bodil Fritjofsson. “The ten winning drawings are a lovely mixture of imaginary animals, simply wonderful personal combinations of colors, shapes and expressions that spark my own imagination. The world will not lack potential future artists and designers, as some of the drawings are real pieces of art.”

* The competition was open to IKEA FAMILY members with children aged 12 and under. IKEA FAMILY is a benefits program that offers membership perks. Consumers can sign up for the free program online or in-store.

ABOUT IKEA
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 392 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 43 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Press Contact:
Mona Astra Liss
1-610-834-0180 x 5852

Source: IKEA

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