Ikea plans Hal­i­fax an­nounce­ment

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - BUSINESS -

Ikea is mak­ing a big an­nounce­ment in Hal­i­fax on Fri­day, spark­ing fevered spec­u­la­tion the Scan­di­na­vian fur­ni­ture chain is re­turn­ing to At­lantic Canada.

Ikea Canada said its pres­i­dent, Stefan Sjos­trand, will join the city’s mayor, Mike Sav­age, Fri­day for a news con­fer­ence. Nei­ther the com­pany nor the mayor would con­firm that means the re­turn of the shop to Hal­i­fax, af­ter it de­parted the re­gion in the late 1980s. But Sav­age did al­low that he’s an Ikea fan and said it would be ex­cit­ing if the ru­mours prove cor­rect and added he is await­ing Fri­day’s an­nounce­ment with bated breath.

Mean­while, com­ments are flow­ing on Twit­ter from hope­ful po­ten­tial cus­tomers, some of whom re­call when the store set up in the prov­ince in 1975 and have grown weary of order­ing by mail. An Ikea spokes­woman said in an email that the com­pany will not re­lease fur­ther de­tails un­til the an­nounce­ment. In Novem­ber the firm an­nounced plans to dou­ble its num­ber of stores in Canada over the next 10 years.

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