The other day it was announced; IKEA will open a full sized store in Halifax, Nova Scotia. That isn’t exactly ‘nearby’ for us, as I implied in the subject line, but it’s a lot closer than it used to be. Approximately three hours’ drive to Halifax, so it won’t be a place you decide to visit on a whim. People around the provinces here, had been hoping it would be in Moncton, which is sort of a “hub” for all the Maritime provinces [Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island], but not so.
Before, if I’d been really desperate, for some unimaginable reason, to go to IKEA, Montreal, Quebec or Plymouth Rock, MA would have been the ‘nearest’ ones … both more than eight hours’ drive, probably more in the case of Montreal.
The other night, on local news, I listened to the IKEA Canada’s boss, announcing it on TV. He’s Swedish, and I’m always inclined to listen more closely to Swedes speaking English … guess I want to hear how much of an accent they have.
This might sound as if I’m a huge IKEA fan, and this was a long awaited announcement. I’m not! The only things I’d buy if I were to go there, would be food items in their store. Probably a lot of herring, and the, so called, caviar.
Often you see comical cartoons about IKEA, and how to put furniture together. It’s a hassle, alright, but I was thinking the other day … are the other furniture stores any better? Do they go to your home and assemble your newly purchased bookcase? I don’t think they provide that service anymore, but I’d gladly pay for it if they did.
My husband bought a nice desk from Staples, when we’d just moved here. They had a guy who did that, so we got it delivered all put together. That’s seven years ago, and the guy has since retired. I was thinking of a new desk, a while back, only to find out they don’t do it anymore.
Now … we haven’t bought any furniture, needing assembling, lately, so I’ll leave that open, because I don’t know — perhaps there are stores that do it. If not, wouldn’t that be a small-business opportunity for someone … ?