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Mayor hints at IKEA for revamped Cary mall

Posted January 25

Could an IKEA be coming to Cary?

— Since the owner of Cary Towne Center began discussing plans to rework part of the struggling shopping mall last month, rumors have swirled about what new stores might open there.

Mayor Harold Weinbrecht added to the speculation that Swedish home furnishings giant IKEA will be part of a revamped mall with a post in his blog this week.

Weinbrecht wrote that he met with Town Manager Sean Stegall last week and discussed the mall redevelopment, code named "Project Emerald."

"All I can say is that project emerald equals blue and yellow. We will see how this is presented to the council in the future," Weinbrecht wrote.

IKEA's logo is blue and yellow.

Weinbrecht told WRAL News that CBL Properties hasn't yet submitted any plans for Cary Towne Center, so he couldn't confirm that IKEA has expressed any interest in opening a Cary store.

"Staff has made us aware that CBL is working on a proposal called Project Emerald, and that is it. Everything else is speculation," he said.

Sears and Macy's, two of the anchors at Cary Towne Center, have closed, and CBL officials have said they want the back side of the mall rezoned that would allow for a taller building there. That would be the first of several planned changes over the next couple of years, they have said.

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  • Rod Runner Jan 26, 2017
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    That would be great if it was just the Best Buy moving from Crossroads to Towne Center.

    Two of the three Best Buys in Raleigh have moved. The one on Glenwood moved down to Crabtree and the one on Capital Blvd has moved 2 times in the last 10 years. So I will not put it past just being Best Buy moving their Cary store to a better location.

  • Rod Runner Jan 26, 2017
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    They're the whole reason that such a thing would even come to the area. Along with Apex and Morrisville. IKEA goes where the population is big. Cary is in the heart of it. Anything outside of that is too far from the customers that IKEA wants.

  • Chris Cole Jan 26, 2017
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    Sorry Rebel, you will just have to take it.

  • Keith Bonham Jan 26, 2017
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    Will a big blue and yellow building even be allowed in Cary? I wonder if the town of Cary will give them a pass on having to neutralize their building colors to fit in with the wonderful aesthetics of Cary's colorless building and sign schemes.

  • Ed Ray Jan 26, 2017
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    Blue and Yellow is the colors of Best Buy also

  • Tyler Puckett Jan 25, 2017
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    I live in Garner so I may be biased but I think White Oak is a better area for a store like IKEA. Closer to Wilmington/Fayetteville/Myrtle Beach areas, less existing traffic, probably cheaper land/rents as well. I'd still visit an IKEA in Cary but definitely not as frequently as if it was in Garner.

  • Gsp Winner Jan 25, 2017
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    or open up at the new Parkside Village. It's ok at the mall. Lots of parking

  • Gsp Winner Jan 25, 2017
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    yes!

  • Dmitry Suemeov Jan 25, 2017
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    That's what I like to hear,.......Jobs and More Jobs coming to the Triangle area!

  • Dmitry Suemeov Jan 25, 2017
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    That's what I like to hear,.......Jobs and More Jobs coming to the Triangle area!

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