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IKEA Canada Celebrates the Grand Opening of IKEA Winnipeg on November 28th
[National]  Opening Day to feature entertainment and special offers
Winnipeg, Manitoba – On November 28, IKEA Canada will welcome Winnipeg into their spectacular new 395,671 square foot store. The celebration begins with opening ceremonies at 8:20 a.m. Special guests include Premier Greg Selinger, Mayor Sam Katz, Swedish Consul General Neil Carlson, representatives from IKEA Canada as well as Elder Elmer Courchene who will perform a welcoming blessing in honour of Manitoba’s rich cultural heritage.

“IKEA Winnipeg co-workers are ready to open the doors of our brand new store,” says Stephen Bobko, IKEA Winnipeg Store Manager. “We are thrilled with the support we’ve received from the community and are happy that we will be able to offer our Winnipeg customers a truly inspiring and convenient shopping experience.”

All customers can enjoy special offers on opening day and through the weekend. On opening day, the retailer will be rewarding the first 1,000 fans in line with mystery boxes that will contain a $75 IKEA gift card and an allen key. Five lucky customers who have golden allen keys will be eligible to try their luck at winning either a $1,000 IKEA gift card or a grand prize of a $5,000 IKEA gift card at 7:30 a.m. Customers will be welcome to start lining up at 12:01 a.m. on November 28.

The opening ceremonies will also celebrate IKEA Canada’s 16 year partnership with Tree Canada. Kerri Molinaro, IKEA Canada President will be presenting Tree Canada Representative, Dorothy Dobbie with a donation.

What: IKEA Winnipeg grand opening ceremonies
Where: 500 Sterling Lyon Parkway
When: November 28, 2012
Opening Ceremonies begin at 8:20 a.m.
Doors open at 9:00 a.m.

Photo Opportunities:

• 7:30 a.m. Winners of in-line contest
• 8:05 a.m. 350 IKEA Winnipeg coworkers celebrate outside store
• 8:25 a.m. Flag raising ceremony with singers and choirs
• 8:35 a.m. Premier Selinger and Mayor Katz speaking
• 8:45 a.m. IKEA Canada President, Kerri Molinaro, presenting Tree Canada with a cheque for $80,000
• 8:55 a.m. Traditional Aboriginal performance
• 9:00 a.m. Premier Selinger and Mayor Katz cutting the official ribbon
About IKEA
IKEA is a leading home furnishings retailer with 325 stores in 40 countries worldwide, which are visited by 734 million people every year. IKEA Canada has 11 stores which are visited by over 25 million people every year. Last year the websites attracted 904 million visitors. Founded in 1943, IKEA's business philosophy is to offer a wide range of products of good design and function at prices so low, the majority of people can afford them. For more information on IKEA, please visit:
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Madeleine Löwenborg-Frick
Public Relations Manager
IKEA Canada
905-637-9440 x6378

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