CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--IKEA the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced the appointment of local resident Charlie Plisco as manager of its future Norfolk store, the 50th store in the U.S., opening Spring 2019.
“We are excited to open our second store in Virginia under Charlie’s leadership,” said IKEA U.S. president Lars Petersson. “His passion for his hometown paired with his experience will help create an inspirational experience at IKEA Norfolk for both customers and co-workers.”
Plisco joined IKEA in 2016 as the Deputy Store Manager at the IKEA Stoughton in Massachusetts. In this role, he learned about the company culture and how to operate a successful location, while building a great place to work. Prior to IKEA, Plisco worked as store manager and district manager at other U.S. retailers.
“IKEA recognizes the customer base that exists in the Virginia area, and I look forward to providing existing and future customers a store of their own,” Plisco said. “At the same time, I am excited to spread the IKEA culture among new co-workers, as well as offer job-seekers diverse positions with limitless opportunity at a global company known for being a great place to work.”
Today, Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander joined Plisco to announce that prospective co-workers can visit http://www.seeacareerwithus.com to apply for the approximately 250 diverse positions.
Interested individuals can apply for positions in: home furnishings sales, interior design/visual merchandising, customer service, safety and security, cashiers, facility management, warehouse receiving, stock replenishment, and child play area supervision. Also, setting itself apart from other retailers, IKEA Norfolk offers approximately 25 food service opportunities in its Restaurant, Swedish Food Market, Exit Bistro and co-worker cafeteria.
Drawing from the company’s Swedish heritage, IKEA offers family-friendly initiatives and diverse workplace benefits including full medical/dental insurance to co-workers working 20 hours or more per week with eligibility for domestic partners and children. Other benefits include: vacation, paid maternity/paternity leave and paid time off for child adoption, tuition assistance, a bonus program, 401(k) matching, a pension plan, professional development, training and mentoring programs, free uniforms, and a discount for shopping at IKEA.
The future 331,000-square-foot IKEA Norfolk store will be built on 19 acres on the northwestern corner of Interstate 64 and Northampton Boulevard. IKEA Norfolk will feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area and a 450-seat restaurant serving traditional Swedish and American fare including IKEA meatballs. IKEA also will evaluate potential on-site power generation to complement its current U.S. goal of a renewable energy presence at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations.
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices. The IKEA Group operates 367 IKEA stores in 30 countries, including 48 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.