IKEA history, profile and corporate video
IKEA was founded in Sweden in 1943 by 17-year-old Ingvar Kamprad, whose fortune is estimated at $3.3 billion. Kampard’s fortune peaked at $33 billion, but he has transferred the vast majority of his economic stake in the retailer to his philanthropic foundations. IKEA operates in 26 countries, but has 227 of its 298 existing stores in Europe. It sells 9,500 products and its stores received 690 million store visits last year.”
1977 – IKEA North York opens
1978 – IKEA Edmonton opens
1979 – IKEA Calgary opens
1979 – IKEA Ottawa opens (in 2011, IKEA Ottawa moves to a larger location)
1982 – IKEA Montreal opens (in 2013, IKEA Montreal expands to become the largest store in North America)
1991 – IKEA Burlington opens location and our National Office moves from Richmond, BC to Burlington Ont.
2001 – IKEA Etobicoke opens (our third Toronto area store)
2002 – IKEA Coquitlam opens (our second store in the Vancouver area).
2003 – IKEA Vaughan opens (our fourth Toronto area store).
2003 – IKEA Boucherville opens (our second Montreal area store).
2004 – IKEA Calgary relocates, building a larger format store to better serve the needs of Calgary customers.
2006 – IKEA celebrates its 30th anniversary in Canada.
2007 – IKEA Canada launches hybrid or green parking
2009 – IKEA Canada becomes of the first Canadian retailer to eliminate the use of plastic bags in all Canadian stores.
2010 – IKEA Canada becomes the first retailer to exclusively own, install and operate rooftop solar power in Ontario
under the Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) program at three Ontario stores (Vaughan, Etobicoke and North York).
2011 – IKEA Canada becomes the first Canadian retailer to completely phase out incandescent light bulbs
2012 – IKEA Winnipeg opens.
2013 – IKEA Becomes Largest Retail Wind Energy Investor in Canada purchasing a 20-turbine wind farm in Alberta.”
*Information from Forbes.com and Ikea.com
**Video published on YouTube by “The Story Behind“