Is it better to have loved, then lost, or to never have loved at all? It’s probably a question you should ask Halifax, as the city has been buzzing ever since it received a cryptic invite from IKEA.
— haligonia: photos (@haligoniaphotos) January 20, 2016
Now, if you aren’t already aware, Halifax and IKEA have a pretty complicated history. Nova Scotia was actually IKEA’s first North American love, opening up its very first store on the continent in Dartmouth in 1975. The pair dated and quickly hit it off– Halogonians were happily outfitting their homes with the newest and latest IKEA furniture, while the store itself was bringing in more than enough cash.
Love was truly in the air. That is, until the late 1980s. IKEA started arguing that the province wasn’t showing it enough affection, as its sales quickly dropped. Nova Scotians, meanwhile, were growing tired of assembling finicky furniture, and soon the pair began to squabble. Eventually, IKEA closed its doors, packed up and pursued other love interests across the continent. Nova Scotia was left heartbroken.
So now that it appears that the store might be crawling back, Halogonians are taking the news with mixed reactions.
Some of them are still bitter
Imagine if IKEA’s announcement is just “Halifax, you have to stop texting us. We’re just not that into you.”
— Kristi Colleen (@KristiColleen) January 20, 2016
@TwitCoast This would be pretty epic if they opened up by saying ‘Sorry Halifax, we have denied your application to house an IKEA’
— Alana Beck (@sassypants81) January 20, 2016
To the point where they’re ready for the absolute worst
Ikea is opening old-time order/pick up counters (like Sears!) in smaller markets. Halifax = smaller market. Manage your expectations.
— Trudi-a-go-go (@trudi_e) January 20, 2016
— DANIEL MACDONALD (@danielmacdonald) January 21, 2016
I hope the IKEA announcement in Halifax is just “Hey, fuck you.”
— Melissa B. (@Buote) January 20, 2016
Others simply can’t contain their excitement
OH MY FLEUFEGNUUGEN!! https://t.co/I3oUppDefO
— Peady (@Peady) January 20, 2016
HALIFAX PREPARES TO BOW DOWN BEFORE ITS NEW OVERLORD: IKEA. Residents willing to sacrifice offspring for one more chance at cheap furniture.
— HFX HEADLINES (@HFX_Headlines) January 20, 2016
Dare we say, some are even getting clingy?
— Amy Fisher (@YourAgentAmy) January 20, 2016
IKEA is coming to Halifax, what a dream come true for home decor lovers like me🏡❤️
— Lala (@lalaamirault) January 20, 2016
Some Halogonians are already picturing their lives together with their new IKEA
— Ben Wedge (@benwedge) January 20, 2016
They’re even preparing themselves for whatever the store may bring
— haligonia: hfx news (@haligonia) January 21, 2016
Some are even getting downright raunchy about it
I feel slightly dirty about how excited I am at the prospect of an Ikea in Halifax.
— kimhartmacneill (@kimhartmacneill) January 20, 2016
Will Halifax be able to once again open its heart to its old, Swedish love?
— Jeff Nephew (@neffjephew) January 20, 2016
— Vitamin J (@holisticjody) January 20, 2016
Something tells us: yes. We can practically hear wedding bells already. But since all the news is still up in the air, there may be yet another chapter to this epic Canadian soap opera.
Congratulations (we think, at least), Halifax!