Earlier this morning a great and important invitation of Swedish proportions was sent to media in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The president of IKEA Canada and the mayor will be making "an important Media Announcement" on Friday.
So people started losing their shiiit.
There's good reason for this. IKEA had a store in Dartmouth, but it closed almost 30 years ago and nothing has ever been the same. Here's a Globe And Mail report from March 11, 1988, the day the Swedish pressboard pushers dropped a sad meatball on Scotia.
I was 11 years-old when IKEA abandoned our family. I called up my mom in Halifax (pictured in an IKEA chair bought in Quebec) to tell her the news, and she yelled into the phone because she was so happy. "Do you remember the ball room?!" she asked. I do!
She said IKEA closing its store in Dartmouth left the city with "a feeling of total desertion because everyone had come to love the place."
She had fond memories of building the furniture.
"I learned how to use those fracking little screwdrivers they give you," she said. "I learned through cussing and swearing."
But since IKEA broke our hearts before, some Nova Scotians are proceeding with caution.
They are ready for the worst.
I mean, maybe IKEA is just coming to finally squash all rumours of a return?
Or to ask people to stop bugging them.
But others are hopeful, and are deep into preparations.
Wish lists are being drafted.
Because (maybe!) soon, Halifax, you too will be able to wander along a meandering path of goods while questioning everything about your significant other, and praying for the sweet release of cheap hot dogs.
Craig Silverman is a media editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto.
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