Mark's Partners with CFL to Become the Official Casual Wear Retailer of the 101st Grey Cup

Mark's helps CFL fans and staff get "Ready for the Grey Cup" 

CALGARY, Oct. 29, 2013 /CNW/ - Mark's, the leading retailer of casual and industrial apparel and footwear in Canada, together with the Canadian Football League (CFL), today announced an exclusive national partnership that establishes Mark's as the official casual wear retailer of the CFL throughout the playoffs and the league's crown jewel - the 101st Grey Cup on November 24th in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Known for the quality of its products, Mark's gives Canadians the confidence to look and feel their best for everyday life in Canada.  By partnering with the CFL, Mark's has the opportunity to showcase the comfort and durability of its products, whether it's on the field in Regina or in the living rooms of fans across the country.  Additionally, Mark's will help ensure that all CFL staff are game-ready by outfitting them with quality outerwear to protect them from the elements during the playoffs and Grey Cup. 

"We are thrilled to partner with the CFL throughout the 2013 playoffs, culminating in the 101st Grey Cup in Regina," said Harry Taylor, Chief Operating Officer, Mark's. "Both the CFL and Mark's are brands with deep connections to Canadians and this partnership allows us to engage with fans in a unique and exciting way as well as showcase how Mark's can enable Canadians to enjoy the biggest CFL game of the season."

Mark's will also gain rights to use the names and logos of CFL member clubs, CFL and Grey Cup logos, player images and trademarks, including official partner status. Additionally, Mark's will receive unique branding opportunities on-site throughout the playoffs and Grey Cup, including on-field branding, digital exclusivity within category, direct-to-consumer opportunities and access to leaderboard and big box ads on various CFL media properties. 

"We are proud and warmed to be welcoming a brand as authentically Canadian as Mark's to our roster of partners for the playoffs and 101st Grey Cup in Regina," said CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon. "Mark's is a perfect fit for our league. Not only because we are playing our first outdoor Grey Cup since 2010, but because we are two Canadian brands with rich histories and bright futures that will be further strengthened by this strategic partnership."

About Mark's :
Part of the Canadian Tire Family of Companies since 2001, Mark's is one of Canada's leading apparel and footwear retailers with 386 stores across Canada. Known as L'Equipeur in Quebec, Mark's sells men's and women's work, casual and active clothing and footwear, as well as healthwear, accessories and business-to-business apparel.  For more information, visit www.Marks.com.

Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited (TSX:CTC.a) (TSX:CTC) is a Family of Companies that includes Mark's, Canadian Tire Retail, Partsource, Gas+, FGL Sports (Sport Chek, Sports Experts, National Sports, S3, Pro Hockey Life, Atmosphere, Intersport and Hockey Experts), Canadian Tire Financial Services, and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities.  For more information, visit Corp.CanadianTire.ca.

About the Canadian Football League:

This is today's CFL: star athletes playing a great game in modern venues. This is the inaugural season of Winnipeg's Investors Group Field. It's the home of Grey Cup 101 this November in Saskatchewan. It is where the Ottawa REDBLACKS will debut in 2014, just as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats take the field in their beautiful new stadium. This is our league: proudly Canadian and steeped in tradition, but built for the future.

SOURCE: Mark's

For further information:

Kevin Galbraith
North Strategic
647-456-3786
kevin.galbraith@northstrategic.com

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