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Yes, a "full size" IKEA is opening in Halifax in 2017

Swedish design embassy coming to Dartmouth Crossing


The Halikea is a thing. IKEA is opening a Halifax store in Dartmouth Crossin
  • The Halikea is a thing. IKEA is opening a Halifax store in Dartmouth Crossin

Haligonians have been pining for the impossible furniture store's return since its Burnside outlet closed late last millennium. Today's announcement from IKEA Canada's president, Stefan Sjöstrand, earned media coverage as if it was the biblical Second Coming—which might happen before IKEA's new shop in Dartmouth Crossing is built.

The press release says the giant (328,000 square feet) store "will take roughly 14-16 months to build once ground is broken in summer 2016." And you know from bitter experience with Allen keys and non-lingual direction sheets that IKEA always underestimates how long stuff takes to put together. Of all the people excited about this, local divorce lawyers are probably at the top of the list.

The Dartmouth Crossing location of the big box heavy-hitter will be Canada’s most sustainable IKEA store, zeroing in on energy efficiency and waste management. It also will create hundreds of jobs—350 to start, closer to 500 by the time the store opens.

You can while away the time in your unfurnished house watching this IKEA Shining tribute ad.

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