"It's going to draw people all over the eastern part of the state to Cary, so people get to see what Cary is all about," said Tim Devinney with Cary Forward, a group that lobbied for the store.
"The roads have been designed in this area in anticipation of growth," said Debra Grannan with the Cary Planning Department.
The approval required town leaders to bend their rules. Cary is known for requirements on how businesses should look, while IKEA is known for making a massive blue and yellow statement.
"[There are] 10 or 12 development standards that deviate from our norm, but rules are made to be broken," said Councilman Ed Yerha.
Officials said buffers around the site will block much of the building from view.
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.
"I am looking forward to what this is going to do to help revitalize the eastern Cary gateway area," said Councilman Don Frantz.
A meeting on the next steps in the development process will be held Wednesday at the Cary Town Council chambers at 316 N. Academy Street.
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