Town approves additional space for proposed Cary IKEA
Posted September 25, 2017 9:31 p.m. EDT
Updated September 25, 2017 10:01 p.m. EDT
Wake County, N.C. — The Cary Planning and Zoning Board on Monday night unanimously voted in favor of approving zoning variances necessary to build an IKEA store.
The vote allows for a zoning change on 20 acres of the Cary Towne Center property to allow an extra 125,000 square feet of retail when IKEA replaces the old Sears and Macy's stores.
The new IKEA will include warehouse space as well as retail showrooms.
The proposal also accounts for neighbors who have fought changes at the mall in the past by stating that the side of the property that faces homes will be used for parking.
Numerous roadway modifications will be made in the area to accommodate the expected increase in traffic generated by the store.
In July, IKEA officials said that if plans are approved, demolition is scheduled for 2018, groundbreaking would take place in 2019 and the store could open in 2020.
The store would be the second IKEA location in North Carolina and could bring 500 jobs created during construction. Approximately 300 workers would join the IKEA family when the new store opens, officials said.