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Cary IKEA may be closer to becoming reality

Posted March 1

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— The Cary town council is expected to discuss a change at a meeting Wednesday night that could make the rumored IKEA at Cary Towne Center a reality.

There is a proposal on the table to rezone several dozen acres and to allow for a potentially taller building in that area of the mall.

The IKEA is not confirmed, but at the beginning of last month a portion of a 71-page refinancing agreement the mall's owner has with Prudential Insurance was labeled "IKEA Release Parcel."

A black-and-white image of the mall's site plan shows 15 acres on the back side of the mall, where the former Sears and Macy's were once located.

People in Cary have caught wind of the IKEA rumor, and feedback is mixed.

Wednesday's meeting is the beginning phase in what would be the rezoning process.

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  • Linda Levine Mar 2, 6:25 p.m.
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    It would definitely help the mall stay alive.

  • Andrew Stephenson Mar 2, 9:32 a.m.
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    I'm hoping the city does something to help with traffic flow in that area. This will be a HUGE improvement to that area, but Walnut St can't handle the volume I suspect this will draw. I'd like to see the DOT or city of Raleigh/Cary to direct traffic to the mall down Cary Towne Blvd via signage or something. Get them in and out of the area as quick as possible. Cary is not an easy city to navigate.

  • Jennifer Hulford Mar 2, 8:36 a.m.
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    That mall is obviously is trouble. IKEA is a responsible, solvent company. I can think of no better neighbor for that area.

  • Josh Hamilton Mar 2, 8:20 a.m.
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    Cool.