IKEA Canada Announces Full Size Store in Halifax

This location will be the most sustainable IKEA store in Canada complete with focus on energy efficiency, waste management and mobility

BURLINGTON, ON, Jan. 22, 2016 /CNW/ - In November 2015, IKEA Canada announced a coast-to-coast expansion plan to double the store count from 12 to 24 stores in the next 10 years. Today, IKEA is pleased to make the first announcement on this coast-to-coast journey that a full size IKEA store will be coming to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Located at Dartmouth Crossings, the store will take roughly 14-16 months to build once the ground has been broken in summer 2016 and will be approximately 328,000 square feet (30,500 metres squared) in size. The store will include a restaurant, Market Hall, Showroom, and SMALAND playroom and offer customers a complete range of convenient services such as product pick-up, home delivery, assembly, planning, returns and exchanges and online sales support.

"IKEA is thrilled to be bringing a store to the Halifax marketplace, we have for a long time, considered Halifax to be a key market for expansion," said Stefan Sjöstrand, President, IKEA Canada. "We look forward to serving the Halifax market and are confident that we will have a positive impact on the community as well as the economy through directly and in-directly creating nearly 500 jobs."

"I want to thank IKEA for hearing the chorus of voices eager to see a store open in our city. This store will be a significant employer and a big draw for the entire Halifax region," said Mayor Mike Savage, City of Halifax.

IKEA Halifax will be constructed to operate as the most sustainable IKEA store in Canada, with a particular focus on energy efficiency and waste avoidance. Key features of the building will include a rooftop solar photovoltaic installation to provide electricity to the store, geothermal energy generation system to support heating and cooling needs, as well as 100% LED lighting throughout the store. Waste management equipment will be installed to maximize material recycling and diversion from landfill, and a free take-back service will be offered for household batteries and light bulbs to ensure the hazardous materials contained are recycled responsibly.

"IKEA's vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people, and we are determined to have a positive impact on people and the planet," added Sjöstrand. "IKEA Halifax will be constructed and operated with sustainability in mind, and will also be a destination to find solutions for a more sustainable life at home."

To become a leader in life at home in the Halifax marketplace we need to truly connect with people and helping them live a better everyday life at home. Before the store opens, IKEA will do 100 home visits, interviewing people in their homes to get a deep understanding of their needs, dreams and frustrations in and around the home. The new store will reflect the market with relevant, affordable home furnishing solutions and local architecture. Our intention is not to mirror what people have in their homes today, but to help people live a better everyday life at home and show them new ideas to solve their needs.

IKEA is a leading home furnishing retailer with 375 stores in more than 50 countries worldwide, which are visited by 884 million people every year. IKEA Canada has 12 stores, an eCommerce virtual store, Pick-Up and Order Points in Quebec City, QC and London, ON with four additional Pick-Up and Order Points opening spring 2016. Last year, IKEA Canada welcomed 25 million visitors to its stores and 75 million visitors to the IKEA.ca website. Founded in 1943, IKEA's business philosophy is to offer a wide range of products of good design and function at prices so low, the majority of people can afford them. For more information on IKEA, please visit: www.IKEA.ca.


For further information: IKEA CANADA: Stephanie Kerr, Corporate Press Officer, 905-637-9440 ext. 6378, stephanie.kerr@IKEA.com


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