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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.

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

To the point where they’re ready for the absolute worst

Others simply can’t contain their excitement

Dare we say, some are even getting clingy?

Some Halogonians are already picturing their lives together with their new IKEA

They’re even preparing themselves for whatever the store may bring

Some are even getting downright raunchy about it

Will Halifax be able to once again open its heart to its old, Swedish love?

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!