Ikea set to open Halifax store, touting it as Canada's most sustainable

Ikea set to open Halifax store, touting it as Canada's most sustainable

Photo courtesy of the Guardian

Ikea is set to officially open its only store in Atlantic Canada today as thousands from across the region are expected to descend upon the popular Swedish furniture chain's new Halifax-area location.

The store in the Dartmouth Crossing retail district — the size of four football fields, including its parking lot — features a bright, streamlined showroom with rooms that were furnished based on the needs of Maritimers, reports the Guardian.

Ikea Canada president Marsha Smith said the company visited more than 70 local residences to determine what people in the Halifax area needed in their homes, such as waste storage solutions.

“We have a lot of local architectural features such as fireplaces. The size of the windows are locally relevant. There are a lot of areas where you will see familiarity with what you see locally,” Smith said. “We take a lot of time to do home visits and studies in the local area so that when you walk into the store, you should really see yourself.”

Overlooking the store's restaurant and seating area is a “living wall” — a floor-to-ceiling surface filled with green and yellow plants meant to help purify the air.

Social media has been abuzz since Ikea announced about two years ago it was opening a store in the region. It previously had a smaller location in the Halifax area, but it closed nearly three decades ago.

“We really have seen a huge enthusiasm from the community and from the coworkers,” Smith said.

Smith said the Halifax store is Ikea's most sustainable in the country and also the first store to be LEED-certified.

Topics: Architectural Firms, Associations / Organizations, Building Owners and Managers, Certifications, Construction Firms, Consulting - Green & Sustainable Strategies and Solutions, Retail, Sustainable Communities, Urban Planning and Design, USGBC

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