I sent a request to IKEA asking them to open a store in Atlantic Canada. This is their response:
At this time, there are no plans to open IKEA stores in any new Canadian markets. As you may know, IKEA is a private company so our rate of growth and expansion is perhaps less aggressive than what may be traditional in the retail industry. As a self-financing company, our current plans are to remodel and expand our existing Canadian stores and to open other locations within the same market. Many of our Canadian stores are at capacity so we will be working to improve our service in these areas to accommodate current and potential growth There is a well thought out list of criteria that needs to be met around the world for any new store to be considered (including market shares, population density, furniture spending, and household demographics etc.). IKEA International currently looks for new markets that have well over 1 million in population. The most recent store opening in North America was in Coquitlam, British Columbia, and Russia’s first store opened last summer in Moscow.So you can now get oddly-named cheap furniture in Moscow, but not anywhere in Canada east of Montreal.