$10 million investment in Abitibi-Témiscamingue - Metro Inc. announces the
construction of a Super C discount store in Val-d'Or

VAL-D'OR, QC, Sept. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Metro Inc. today inaugurated the future site of the first-ever discount Super C store in Val-d'Or, in a ceremony attended by various local community members, including Val-d'Or Mayor Fernand Trahan. Ten million dollars has been invested in the Val-d'Or Super C, which will have a total surface area of 38,000 sq. ft and will create 80 new jobs. The opening is slated for February 2010.

"Today's announcement has a special meaning for us, since it marks the return of Metro Richelieu to Abitibi-Témiscamingue following a three-year absence. We are proud to offer consumers in Val-d'Or and surrounding areas a discount store that meets their needs and expectations. This store will be the 65th Super C in Quebec," noted Christian Bourbonnière, Senior Vice-President, Quebec Division of Metro Inc.

Super C discount markets offer over 8,000 different products, including 1,200 under the Selection and Irresistibles private labels. The store will include a meat counter with quality cuts prepared on site by butchers, a wide selection of fruits and vegetables, and a bakery with bread baked fresh daily. Super C markets stand out from the rest of the food industry because of their "market and warehouse" concept.

This concept involves an essential elements approach modelled after public markets and warehouses, meaning wide aisles, easily accessible products and, most importantly, highly competitive prices. And customers appreciate the clean, simple look of the store.

Construction work, the main part of which has been mandated to local businesses, will take place over a six-month period. The store will be built on a 180,607 sq. ft. lot located at 1818, 3rd Avenue in Val-d'Or. A 209-space outdoor parking lot is also planned.

Anyone interested in applying for a position at the new store can do so online at the Careers section at metro.ca.

About Super C

Super C, a division of Metro Inc., is a leader in the discount market sector and employs over 4,500 people in Quebec. The average surface area of the stores is 43,000 sq. ft.

About Metro Inc.

With nearly $11 billion in annual sales and more than 65,000 employees, Metro Inc. is a leader in the food and pharmaceutical sectors in Quebec and Ontario, where it operates a network of some 600 grocery stores under several banners, including Metro, Metro Plus, A&P, Super C and Food Basics, as well as over 250 pharmacies under the Brunet Plus, Brunet Plus, Clini Plus, The Pharmacy and Drug Basics banners.

SOURCE SUPER C

For further information: For further information: Marie-Claude Bacon, Metro Inc., (514) 643-1086, mbacon@metro.ca; Guillaume Audy, Optimum relations publiques, (514) 282-4697, guillaume.audy@cossette.com

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