IKEA Canada Announces local resident Sue Coulet as Halifax Store Manager

Seasoned retailer brings more than 20 years' experience in Atlantic Canada to IKEA.

BURLINGTON, ON, Nov. 23, 2016 /CNW/ - IKEA Canada is pleased to announce that Sue Coulet has been welcomed as the new IKEA Halifax Store Manager. Having held a variety of senior management roles in Atlantic Canada over the past two decades, including leading the expansion of two national retail chains in the region, Coulet brings to IKEA a deep understanding of the local marketplace.

"I am privileged to join the IKEA team and am excited to bring to Nova Scotia what people know and love about IKEA," said Coulet. IKEA is keen to improve life at home and understand the needs and dreams of Canadians in Atlantic Canada. "I am proud that our new store is being constructed to operate as the most sustainable IKEA store in Canada and am looking forward to making the shopping experience a fun day out for the whole family."

Coulet will soon begin recruiting the approximately 300 co-workers who will fill the variety of positions available at IKEA Halifax, including sales, logistics, IT and interior design. IKEA Canada takes pride in being a great place to work and welcoming co-workers in to an engaging environment with a strong focus on people.

"Sue's collaborative leadership style makes her a perfect fit for IKEA," said Stephen Bobko, IKEA Canada Human Resources Manager. "Her keen business sense and passion for building strong teams makes her the ideal person to lead our new store in Halifax."

IKEA Canada offers industry leading compensation and benefits. Fifty per cent of IKEA Halifax co-workers will be employed full-time and all co-workers will receive benefits and guaranteed hours. Additionally, co-workers will be able to take advantage of subsidized meals, a bonus program, travel and nearly limitless opportunities for career growth and development.

"We want to work with people who are curious about life at home and have a passion for home furnishings and customer service," said Coulet. People who are interested in working at IKEA Halifax can apply online at www.IKEA.ca.

IKEA Halifax is on track to open in Fall 2017 and will feature more than 9,000 products, inspirational room sets in the Showroom, a Market hall, Restaurant and SMÅLAND play area. Customers will also be able to take advantage of a suite of services such as home delivery, assembly, planning and returns. The LEED certified store will feature rooftop solar photovoltaic panels, geothermal energy generation and will have a particular focus on energy efficiency and waste avoidance.  

While the store is being constructed, customers who purchase home furnishings online can choose to pick up their products at the recently opened Halifax Collection Point, for a flat rate of $59 compared to the average home delivery fee of $150.

IKEA Halifax will be the first new store to open as part of a coast-to-coast expansion effort which will double the store count from 12 to 24 in the next 10 years and will increase the number of co-workers to 10,000. It's the goal of IKEA Canada to be wherever its customers are and to provide them with the services they expect, whether that's in a store, on our website, at a Pick-up and order point or a Collection Point. 

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, 6 Pick-up and order points in Quebec City and southern Ontario and two Collection Points in Halifax and Saskatoon. The company also recently announced plans to open stores in Halifax and Quebec City. 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.

Key features of IKEA Halifax include a rooftop solar photovoltaic installation to provide electricity to the store, geothermal energy generation to support heating and cooling needs, as well as 100% LED lighting. 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.


For further information: IKEA CANADA: Amanda Fitzpatrick, Expansion Communication Specialist, amanda.fitzpatrick2@IKEA.com


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