BJ’s Restaurants announces the opening of its restaurant in Fredericksburg, Virginia

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2017-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ:BJRI) today (June 27, 2017) announced the opening of its restaurant in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The new BJ’s Restaurant opened on Monday, June 26, 2017, at 1861 Carl D. Silver Parkway. The restaurant is approximately 7,500 square feet, seats approximately 230 guests and features BJ’s extensive menu, including BJ’s signature deep-dish pizza, award-winning handcrafted beer and famous Pizookie® dessert. BJ’s unique, contemporary décor provides the perfect environment for all dining occasions. Hours of operation are from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

“We are excited to open our seventh restaurant this year in Fredericksburg, Virginia,” commented Greg Trojan, President and CEO. “Fredericksburg is located in the northern Virginia area and represents our sixth restaurant in the state of Virginia. Our next restaurant is scheduled to open in September and will be our first restaurant in South Carolina.”

As with all of our new restaurant openings, BJ’s invited members of the Fredericksburg community to attend a soft opening event prior to our grand opening. As our team members put the final touches on the restaurant, invited guests were treated to complimentary food and had the opportunity to make a voluntary donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a very important charity to BJ’s. Additionally, BJ’s donated the proceeds of all alcohol purchases during the soft opening event to BJ’s Restaurants Foundation.

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 194 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ’s Pizza & Grill® and BJ’s Grill® brand names. BJ’s Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert. Quality, flavor, value, moderate prices and sincere service remain distinct attributes of the BJ’s experience. All restaurants feature BJ’s critically acclaimed proprietary craft beers, which are produced at several of the Company’s Restaurant & Brewery locations, its two brewpubs in Texas and by independent third party craft brewers. The Company’s restaurants are located in the 24 states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Visit BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at http://www.bjsrestaurants.com for locations and additional information.

BJ’s Restaurants Foundation (the “Foundation”) is a registered 501(c)(3) qualified non-profit charitable organization principally dedicated to supporting charities that benefit children’s healthcare and education, with a primary focus on the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In addition, the Foundation supports volunteer efforts of BJ’s team members across the country as they help give back to the communities in which our restaurants do business.

Certain statements in the preceding paragraphs and all other statements that are not purely historical constitute “forward-looking” statements for purposes of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby. The “forward-looking” statements contained in this press release are based on current assumptions and expectations and BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. undertakes no obligation to update or alter its “forward-looking” statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Investors are referred to the full discussion of risks and uncertainties associated with forward-looking statements contained in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its recent reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K.

For further information, please contact:

Greg Levin
BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.
(714) 500-2400

JCIR
(212) 835-8500
bjri@jcir.com.

Source: BJ’s Restaurants, Inc./globenewswire

Amazon to create more than 1,000 full-time jobs for its new fulfillment center in Clear Brook, Virginia

Amazon’s new 1 million-square-foot facility will create more than 1,000 full-time jobs

SEATTLE, 2017-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Mar. 28, 2017) announced plans to open a new fulfillment center in Clear Brook, Virginia, which will create more than 1,000 full-time associate roles when opened. Amazon currently employs more than 3,500 full-time hourly associates at its three existing Virginia fulfillment centers in Chester, Petersburg and Sterling.

“Our ability to expand in the Commonwealth is the result of two things: incredible customers and an outstanding workforce in the state,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s Vice President of North America Operations. “We are excited to grow in support of the more than 85,000 authors, sellers, and developers in Virginia growing their businesses and reaching new customers on Amazon products and services.”

“We are proud that Amazon will grow its presence in Virginia with this major investment and new operation that will bring more than 1,000 job opportunities to Frederick County and the northern Shenandoah Valley,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe. “Virginia was selected for its business climate, infrastructure, strong workforce, and global competitiveness, and Amazon’s expansion is a powerful illustration of our ongoing efforts to build a new Virginia economy. We thank the company for its partnership and commitment to the Commonwealth.”

Amazon employees at the more than 1 million-square-foot Clear Brook fulfillment center will pick, pack and ship larger customer items such as big-screen televisions, kayaks and patio furniture.

“It is exciting to see the Amazon brand represented throughout the Commonwealth and continuing to grow,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore. “With the third-largest state-maintained transportation network, Virginia is within a one-day drive of more than 40 percent of the U.S., making the Commonwealth and Frederick County an ideal location for the distribution and global logistics industry. Amazon is a valued corporate citizen and employer in Virginia, and we look forward to watching its ongoing success.”

Full-time employees at Amazon receive highly competitive pay, health insurance, disability insurance, retirement savings plans and company stock. The company also offers up to 20 weeks of paid leave and innovative benefits such as Leave Share and Ramp Back, which give new parents flexibility with their growing families. Amazon also offers hourly employees its Career Choice program which helps train employees for in-demand jobs at Amazon and other companies so that they can prepare for the future and take full advantage of the nation’s innovation economy. The program pre-pays 95% of tuition for courses in in-demand, high-wage fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a future career at Amazon. Over 9,000 employees have participated in Career Choice and more are signing up every day.

Amazon recently announced plans to create more than 100,000 jobs across the U.S. over the next 18 months. You can learn more about working at Amazon by visiting http://www.amazon.jobs.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

Media Hotline:

206-266-7180
Amazon-pr@amazon.com
www.amazon.com/pr

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Naloxone now available at Rite Aid Pharmacies in Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia

Camp Hill, Pa., 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid announced today (Feb. 15, 2017) that naloxone, a medication that can be used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, is now available at more than 630 pharmacies in Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia without a prescription, subject to state regulations. Previously, naloxone, which can be administered by injection or nasal spray, was only available with a physician’s prescription.

“As the epidemic continues to grow, as evidenced in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recent statistic, 91 people die every day from an opioid overdose in the United States,” said Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. “With the ability to dispense naloxone without a prescription in more than 20 states, Rite Aid is not only showing its commitment to increasing customer access to this potentially lifesaving medication, but we are also raising awareness and helping fight drug abuse in the communities we serve.”

Naloxone is also available for purchase without patient specific prescriptions at Rite Aid pharmacies in 17 additional states including: Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

To date, Rite Aid has trained more than 10,000 pharmacists on naloxone dispensing. Rite Aid is   also working to expand its naloxone dispensing program in other states served by the Company where naloxone is currently only available with a prescription.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2016 annual revenues of $30.7 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

Media Contact:

Kristin Kellum
717-975-5713

Source: Rite Aid Corporation

Harris Teeter to distribute free water to customers affected by the boil water advisory in Haymarket, Virginia

Harris Teeter to distribute free water to customers affected by the boil water advisory in Haymarket, Virginia

 

Matthews, N.C., 2016-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Harris Teeter will distribute free water to customers affected by the recent boil water advisory issued in various parts of Haymarket, Virginia.

The free distribution will begin tomorrow, December 8, 2016 and will occur as long as supplies last. Shoppers will receive 24-packs of bottled water.

Distribution will take place at the following locations:

Store Number Shopping Center Address City, State Time
251 Madison Crescent 7910 Crescent Park Dr. Gainesville, Va. 6 a.m.
338 Heritage Hunt 13901 Heathcote Blvd. Gainesville, Va. 6 a.m.

Harris Teeter would like to thank its associates for their assistance and also appreciates the patience of its shoppers during the distribution process.

Source: Harris Teeter

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VIRGINIA: Weingarten Realty acquires site for its future premier mixed-use project The Gateway Alexandria

HOUSTON, 2016-Nov-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weingarten Realty (NYSE: WRI) announced today (11/14/2016 ) the acquisition of 5.2 acres of land at the corner of King and North Beauregard Streets that will be the site of The Gateway Alexandria (“Gateway”), a premier mixed-use project. Once completed, the project will feature 352 multi-housing units, 74 of which will be affordable units, 110,000 square feet of retail anchored by Harris Teeter, 87,000 square feet of office space and below-grade parking with 820 spaces. Weingarten’s net investment at completion is estimated to be $160 million and will include ownership in the retail, 275 luxury residences, and approximately 23,000 square feet of office space.

A Transit Oriented Development (TOD), Gateway is six miles from the Capital Beltway, five miles from downtown D.C., four miles from Old Town Alexandria and four miles from the Pentagon. In addition to the Metrobus and Dash Bus system, upon completion of the project, the site will be served via a new Bus Rapid Transit station that will connect the Pentagon Metro station to the Van Dorn Street station with designated stops at key intersections, including Gateway.

About Weingarten Realty Investors

Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE: WRI) is a shopping center owner, manager and developer. At September 30, 2016, the Company owned or operated under long-term leases, either directly or through its interest in real estate joint ventures or partnerships, a total of 224 properties which are located in 18 states spanning the country from coast to coast. These properties represent approximately 45.2 million square feet of which our interests in these properties aggregated approximately 28.4 million square feet of leasable area. To learn more about the Company’s operations and growth strategies, please visit www.weingarten.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements included herein that state the Company’s or Management’s intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations or predictions of the future are “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 which by their nature, involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. The Company’s actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Reference is made to the Company’s regulatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for information or factors that may impact the Company’s performance.

Contact:
Michelle Wiggs
713-866-6050
Vice President of Investor Relations

Source: Weingarten Realty Investors

Sheetz opens its 10th E85 and E15 Biofuel station in Virginia

ALTOONA, Pa., 2016-Oct-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sheetz, one of America’s fastest-growing family-owned and operated convenience retailers, celebrated the impact of the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) Biofuel Infrastructure Project Grant with the opening of its 10th E85 and E15 Biofuel station in Virginia on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.

Through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership, which aims to increase the availability of domestic biofuel in the Commonwealth of VA, the Sheetz located at 11774 Sudley Manor Drive in Manassas, VA became the 10th gas station to offer E15 in the state of Virginia.

“Sheetz, is proud to be a partner in the Biofuel Infrastructure Project Grant,” said Mike Lorenz, Sheetz Executive Vice President Petroleum Supply.  “As we continue our reputation as an industry innovator and the ultimate one-stop shop, we are pleased to continue expanding the offering of E85 and E15, the new and innovative blends of fuel, to consumers in Virginia.”

An additional ten Sheetz stores offering E85/E15 are planned for Virginia through this partnership. The Virginia project adds nearly 40 total stations in Virginia and Maryland and is an award to the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy and supported by Virginia Clean Cities.

The Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership Grant, totaling nearly $5 million to install ethanol refueling infrastructure in Virginia and Maryland, brings greater access to clean, home-grown renewable fuel and gives Virginia and Maryland residents more access to a broader range of fuel options. As a significant private sector infrastructure partner, Sheetz has committed to offering cleaner burned E-15 product at more Sheetz locations in the coming years.

“Virginia drivers now have cleaner and more affordable fuel choices thanks to the availability of higher ethanol blends at the pump,” said Michael Scuse, Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services. “Now that projects across the country are starting to take shape, it is clear that the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership is working to increase access to renewable, American-made fuels that will help reduce our environmental impact and support rural economies.”

The Virginia-Maryland collaboration was the only multi-state proposal selected for award. This collaborative effort will result in greater access to fueling infrastructure across Virginia, by increasing the number of stations across the Commonwealth offering ethanol such as this Sheetz in Manassas. This cleaner inexpensive biofuel benefits Virginia businesses, agriculture, and drivers.

To learn more about Sheetz, please visit www.sheetz.com. Prices for new fuel offerings can be found at: www.e85prices.com.

About Sheetz, Inc.

Established in 1952 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sheetz, Inc. is one of America’s fastest-growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains, with more than $6.9 billion in revenue and more than 17,500 employees. The company operates over 535 store locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina. Sheetz provides an award-winning menu of MTO® sandwiches and salads, which are ordered through unique touch-screen order point terminals. All Sheetz convenience stores are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, Top 10, Top 12 Best places to work for Women and Top 35 Best Workplaces for Millennials, Sheetz is committed to offering employees sustainable careers built on an inspiring culture and community engagement. For more information, visit www.sheetz.com or follow us on Twitter (@sheetz), Facebook (www.facebook.com/sheetz) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/sheetz).

Contact:
Laura Hager
lhager@planitagency.com
667-219-2017

SOURCE: Sheetz, Inc.

Wegmans Food Markets customers in Maryland and Virginia donated 109,968 pounds of food during the two-week “Fill the Bus” food drive

ROCHESTER, N.Y., 2016-Aug-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets customers in Maryland and Virginia donated 109,968 pounds of food during a two-week “Fill the Bus” food drive to support local food banks’ increased summer needs. From Sunday, June 19 through Saturday, July 3 customers were invited to help “Fill the Bus” by donating non-perishable items that provide healthy meal options for children when they do not have access to free or reduced-price meals at school.

“The caring and generosity of our customers continues to amaze me,” said Wegmans Community Relations Manager Linda Lovejoy. “During this campaign, our Virginia and Maryland customers increased their donations by 28,000 pounds over last year, translating to a campaign total of 21,994 backpacks that were sent home with kids to feed them over the course of a weekend. This makes a huge impact on reducing hunger in local neighborhoods, particularly during a time of year when the need is highest.”

Service desks at the 15 participating stores posted wish lists of non-perishable items intended to be nutritious and easy to prepare, like tuna fish, peanut butter, and canned soup. Products to donate were also displayed by the registers and could be purchased at checkout and then placed in a “Fill the Bus” collection bin located by the front of the store.

Donations were collected and transported to the food banks that partner with each store, remaining in the immediate community. The food banks that received donations are listed below with the pounds of food collected, and in parentheses, the Wegmans stores that partner with them:

Maryland
Harford Community Action Agency – 5,172 pounds (Bel Air)
Howard County Community Action Council – 4,135 pounds (Columbia)
Anne Arundel County Food Bank – 5,512 pounds (Crofton)
Frederick Community Action Agency – 3,800 pounds (Frederick)
Manna Food Center – 2,387 pounds (Germantown)
Maryland Food Bank – 7,858 pounds (Hunt Valley)
Shabach Ministries – 2,268 pounds (Woodmore)

Virginia
Capital Area Food Bank – 8,001 pounds (Alexandria)
Loudoun Interfaith Relief – 26,722 pounds (Dulles/Sterling and      Leesburg)
Food for Others – 24,442 pounds (Fairfax)
Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank – 3,177 pounds (Fredericksburg)
SERVE Inc. –7,221 pounds (Manassas/Gainesville)
ACTS – 6,699 pounds (Potomac/Woodbridge)
FeedMore – 2,574 (Midlothian)

In 2015, Wegmans donated approximately 14.5 million pounds of food to local food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens across all of its market areas.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 90-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 19 consecutive years, ranking #4 in 2016.

Contact Information:  
Tracy Van Auker
Wegmans media relations coordinator
585-429-3826
tracy.vanauker@wegmans.com

Source: Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

Weis Markets, Inc. to acquire the assets of 38 Food Lion supermarket locations in Maryland, Virginia and Delaware

Sunbury, PA, 2016-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weis Markets, Inc. (NYSE: WMK), a Mid-Atlantic food retailer, today announced it has reached a definitive agreement with Food Lion, LLC, to purchase the assets of 38 Food Lion supermarket locations operating in the states of Maryland, Virginia and Delaware. The Company plans to complete the purchase of these locations pending regulatory approval.

“This transaction provides us the opportunity to expand into markets that are contiguous to our current trade area, particularly in Maryland where we are adding 21 stores— essentially doubling our store count in a state where we have steadily grown in recent years,” said Weis Markets Chairman, President and CEO Jonathan Weis. “We’re also looking forward to expanding our operations into two adjacent states with the addition of 13 stores in Virginia and four in Delaware.”

Weis Markets expects to complete the conversion process for the majority of these stores in September and October and is interested in hiring current Food Lion store teams for the purchased locations. “We look forward to interviewing and hiring team members who share our commitment to offering an industry-leading combination of value, quality and customer service,” Weis said.

This is the Company’s second major acquisition in 2016. In May, it announced plans to purchase five Mars Super Markets in Baltimore County, Maryland, a deal expected to close later this summer. When both purchases are complete, Weis Markets will have increased the number of its operating stores by more than 25 percent and will operate 203 stores in seven states: Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and West Virginia.

The following is a list of Food Lion store locations Weis Markets intends to purchase in the agreement with Food Lion, LLC:

NO. ADDRESS CITY STATE
2565 17232 N Village Main Blvd Lewes DE
960 24832 John J Williams Hwy Millsboro DE
1321 36731 Old Mill Road Millville DE
488 19287 Miller Road Rehoboth Beach DE
1356 15789 Livingston Road Accokeek MD
784 45315 Alton Lane California MD
2515 20995 Point Lookout Road Callaway MD
2598 5896 Robert Oliver Place Columbia MD
1549 15300 Mcmullen Hwy SW Cumberland MD
1289 219 Marlboro Avenue Easton MD
1315 3261 Solomons Island Road Edgewater MD
1324 6375 Monroe Avenue Eldersburg MD
1529 6551 Waterloo Road Elkridge MD
1187 17600 Old National Sq Pike Frostburg MD
1345 16567 South Frederick Road Gaithersburg MD
1477 883 Russell Avenue Gaithersburg MD
1168 100 Drury Drive La Plata MD
1210 19 St. Mary’s Square Lexington Park MD
2606 210 H G Trueman Road Lusby MD
1387 12100 Central Avenue Mitchellville MD
2535 9251 Lakeside Boulevard Owings Mills MD
1526 750 Prince Frederick Blvd Prince Frederick MD
786 10 Village Center Road Reisterstown MD
1443 13300 H G Trueman Road Solomons MD
1535 5715 Crain Highway Upper Marlboro MD
250 505 Meadowbrook Shopping Ctr Culpeper VA
1567 540 Culpeper Town Mall Culpeper VA
1235 10601 Spotsylvania Avenue Fredericksburg VA
419 10611 Courthouse Road Fredericksburg VA
2583 10871 Tidewater Trail Fredericksburg VA
358 282 Deacon Road Fredericksburg VA
450 4153 Plank Road Fredericksburg VA
1043 515 Jefferson Davis Highway Fredericksburg VA
1579 7100 Salem Fields Boulevard Fredericksburg VA
1243 736 Warrenton Road Fredericksburg VA
1177 9801 Courthouse Road Spotsylvania VA
1166 2612 Jefferson Davis Highway Stafford VA
578 905 Garrisonville Road Stafford VA

For more information on Weis Markets, visit WeisMarkets.com.

About Weis Markets
Founded in 1912, Weis Markets, Inc. is a Mid Atlantic food retailer operating 162 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. For more information, please visit: WeisMarkets.com or Facebook.com/WeisMarkets.

In addition to historical information, this news release may contain forward-looking statements, which are included pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Any forward-looking statements contained herein are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected.  For example, risks and uncertainties can arise with changes in: general economic conditions, including their impact on capital expenditures; business conditions in the retail industry; the regulatory environment; rapidly changing technology and competitive factors, including increased competition with regional and national retailers; and price pressures.  Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which reflect management’s analysis only as of the date hereof.  The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly revise or update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date hereof.  Readers should carefully review the risk factors described in other documents the Company files periodically with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact:

Weis Markets, Inc.

1000 South Second Street
PO Box 471
Sunbury, Pennsylvania 17801
1-866-999-9347

Source: Weis Markets, Inc.

IKEA announces plans for a second store in Virginia

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA , 2016-Jun-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced it is submitting plans to the City of Norfolk, Virginia for a store that would increase the Swedish company’s presence in the Southeastern U.S. as its second store in Virginia. Pending approvals, construction of the proposed IKEA Norfolk store could begin in Spring 2017, with an opening in Summer 2018. Until then, 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 1,000 parking spaces would be built on 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 excited at the possibility of growing our Southeastern U.S. presence with a Norfolk store,” said IKEA U.S. president Lars Petersson. “A location in this retail corridor would provide our nearly 35,000 Hampton Roads customers their own store and introduce the unique IKEA shopping experience to others throughout southeast Virginia.”

The proposed 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 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 local governments and schools.

This project would represent the third significant investment by IKEA in the state of Virginia. Besides this proposed Norfolk store and the store in Woodbridge, there also is an IKEA furniture factory in Danville that opened in 2008.

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, and selling only LED bulbs/fixtures. IKEA U.S. has installed electric vehicle charging stations at 13 locations and 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 affordable prices. There are currently more than 380 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 42 in the U.S. IKEA has been ranked among “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 IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

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

Source: IKEA