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Proposed Cary IKEA needs approval, but tries to woo residents

Posted July 27
Updated July 28

— While IKEA is still at least three years from opening its Cary location, company officials came to town Thursday night to present renderings and meet with residents.

In an open house organized Tuesday night by neighborhood group Cary Forward, IKEA officials said if plans are approved, demolition is scheduled for 2018, groundbreaking would take place in 2019 and the store could open in 2020.

The proposed 359,000-foot store would be on 15-acres of land and adjacent to Cary Towne Center.

Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht expressed his excitement when the plans were first made public in May.

Architectural rendering of the proposed Cary IKEA

Cary resident Kris Loomis attended the open house to ask questions. She's been following the news since the announcement. She said she has mixed feeling about the project right now.

"I'm on the fence. When we pass an IKEA, we shop there or at least we go in and get their ice cream," Loomis said. "But we've seen the traffic and congestion."

"I know that Cary has been very cautious about what they put in Cary, so to a degree I trust them. It surprises me that IKEA is a business they're interested in having," Loomis said.

IKEA representative Joseph Roth said the plan is to keep the distinct IKEA look when building.

"We make it very clear with the cities when we meet with them that IKEA stores are blue and yellow reflecting the colors of Sweden, and so far the town of Cary has indicated that they are welcoming to the concept of IKEA," Roth said.

Cary Forward supports IKEA's plans, as they want to see revitalization in and around Cary Towne Center mall, which has seen fall of major department stores and reduced foot traffic since opening in the early 1990s.

"Development will typically follow development, because you have 450 more people who are working in the are if they're working for IKEA, so that creates a need for other retail and other housing," said Michelle Muir of Cary Forward.


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  • Arthur Raleigh Jul 28, 6:02 p.m.
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    [quote=16845738]Post by Susan Neff[/quoteIn past stories- click the links below the story

  • Arthur Raleigh Jul 28, 6:02 p.m.
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    View quoted thread

    In past stories- click the links

  • Callie Ann Roberts Jul 28, 11:48 a.m.
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    I was there! This article and story are bunk! Everyone there was overly excited about the project and they all admitted the mall is terrible and deserted. Reaching around your elbow to gin up some controversy that doesn't exist is a poor way to do business, shame on this reporter and whoever thought this was an honest way to present the meeting! SHAME!

  • Teddy Fowler Jul 28, 9:42 a.m.
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    What's the holdup? It's already at a mall where stuff like this is supposed to be. It's near major roads and highways... Let's make this happen.

  • Jennifer Hulford Jul 28, 9:36 a.m.
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    I love Cary with all my heart but there are retail spaces here that are going to become abandoned eyesores if the town planning and zoning doesn't streamline this process. IKEA, a world-class retailer, and interested in building here in a location that is on the downslide already, should not have to be three years from building. The Cary town mall needs a revamp and has lost two anchor stores in Macy's and Sears and stands to lose JC Penney if that retailer cannot get it together. Chop chop. Let's go.

  • Jeff Gameo Jul 28, 7:42 a.m.
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    Every article doesn't need to rehash the same old news again. Just click the link in the first line for previous stories.

  • Len White Jul 28, 6:34 a.m.
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    Ever consider posting a site plan showing exactly where is is going to be located?

  • Susan Neff Jul 27, 10:42 p.m.
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    Demolition of what? Groundbreaking where? And two typos? Horrible reporting job!