Ikea officially landed in Halifax* on Wednesday morning and the city has basically lost its mind.
CBC reports that 4,000 people lined up for the opening to be the first Haligonian to buy a FJÄLLA or whatever.
Many even camped out — true dedication to stylish yet affordable Swedish flat-packed furniture.
When the doors did open, it was consumer madness, with Ikea employees ushering shoppers in with thundersticks.
Even hours later, a line snaked its way around the store with yet more people trying to get in.
To be fair, there were meatballs at stake.
And the meatballs are worth it, tbh.
The mayor made an appearance as well, which sounds sort of strange, but its important to note Halifax's long, sad tale with Ikea.
Hence the extreme excitement.
Everyone is celebrating. Even the r/Halifax subreddit dressed up for the occasion.
And Cyril Lunney, from CTV Atlantic's morning show, went on a tour of the store in a onesie with a panda plushie.
Honestly, it's entirely worth watching.
But now comes the hard part: assembling.
Divorce rates in Halifax are about to go through the roof.
Be careful what you wish for, Halifax.
Lauren Strapagiel is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto, Canada.
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