IKEA picks manager, seeks 250 workers for new Norfolk store

IKEA picks manager, seeks 250 workers for new Norfolk store
Ikea plans to hire 250 in coming months, led by Hampton Roads native
NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — With Norfolk's Ikea just months away from opening, the location now has a manager and needs more than 200 workers before its spring 2019 opening. 

The Swedish-founded company announced local resident Charlie Plisco as manager on Thursday in a ceremony that featured Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander. 

"Ikea recognizes the customer base that exists in the Virginia area, and I look forward to providing existing and future customers a store of their own," Plisco said.

Thursday's announcement also included plans for hiring approximately 250 team members for the future 331,000-square-foot store located on Northampton Blvd. near I-64. 

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices. The IKEA Group operates 367 IKEA stores in 30 countries, including 48 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.

According to an Ikea press release, the location will include roughly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room settings, a supervised play area for children and a 450-seat restaurant featuring traditional Swedish and American food. It'll be the company's 50th U.S. location. 

Interested individuals can apply for positions in: home furnishings sales, interior design/visual merchandising, customer service, safety and security, cashiers, facility management, warehouse receiving, stock replenishment, and child play area supervision. Also, setting itself apart from other retailers, IKEA Norfolk offers approximately 25 food service opportunities in its Restaurant, Swedish Food Market, Exit Bistro and co-worker cafeteria.

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