Ikea plans Halifax announcement
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.