Indigo Books, Gifts, Kids Store Set to Open in Laval

-Selection, Design and Grand Opening Events Appeal to the Whole Family-

TORONTO, Oct. 6 /CNW/ - Indigo Books & Music Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of their newest Indigo Books, Gifts, Kids store in Laval at 900 Le Corbusier Boulevard.

"We're delighted to launch our newest destination for booklovers and their families in Laval. Since we launched our first Indigo store in Burlington, Ontario over a decade ago, we've been committed to being Canada's most complete and trusted resource for books, gifts, toys and much more," says Heather Reisman, CEO and Chief Booklover at Indigo Books & Music Inc. "We look forward to providing booklovers in Laval an exciting new destination that offers affordable entertainment for the whole family."

At 10 am on Friday, October 9th, 2009 the store will open to the public, with grand opening events taking place one week later on Saturday, October 17th and Sunday, October 18th, 2009. Events will include family entertainment, author signings, and activities for booklovers and their families to experience at the newest one-stop book, gift and lifestyle destination. The first 500 customers at the Grand Opening on Saturday, October 17th will receive a free Indigo reusable bag. Also on Saturday at 2pm car aficionados and their families will want to meet Jacques Duval, Jean-Francois Guay et Eric lefrancois the French authors of L'auto 2010 and view the collectable cars from East Coast Carz on display in front of the store. On Sunday October 18th Indigo Laval hosts a hockey day event at 2 pm with Jean Perron, the former coach & Stanley Cup winner, and author Jean-Francois Chabot. Throughout the grand opening weekend there will also be story time, mascots and giveaways for the whole family.

Indigo Laval customers will also be able to save more with Canada's Shopportunity which offers customers who spend $40 a coupon booklet with savings worth up to $45 in value.

The Shopportunity booklet provides:

    
    - 2 for 1 Adult Admission coupon for Cineplex Entertainment theatres
    - $10 off a minimum $40 purchase at Chapters/Indigo/Coles stores
    - $25 off a minimum $100 purchase at Roots or Roots 73 outlets
    

Indigo offers exceptional value every day, with up to 30% off bestsellers, 40% off for irewards members, 20% off new & hot paperbacks, and recent bestsellers under $10.

With award-winning design provided by Toronto's burdifilek, the 22,000 square foot Indigo Books, Gifts, Kids store is a booklover's haven offering the ambiance, expertise and intimacy of a small bookstore with the diverse selection of a true emporium. Employing a store staff of 35 people the store consists of "shop-in-shop" displays and organized areas that thematically arrange over 45,000 different French and English book titles and lifestyle enhancing products such as home décor, gifts, stationery, and gourmet products, creating an exciting environment for booklovers of all ages and interests.

The IndigoKids department is geared toward kids up to 12 years of age and features "edutainment" products, a play area, including a Thomas the Tank Engine table, as well as books, toys, software and games that encourage literacy and cognitive development. Teens and 'tweens are also treated to their own collection of reading and lifestyle products, with this category burgeoning with over 200% growth for Indigo over the past five years.

Indigo's commitment to raising levels of functional literacy in Quebec and across Canada is also significant through the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation, a registered charitable organization that awards grants to high-needs elementary schools across the country to buy books and resources to support literacy. To date over $7.5 million dollars has been distributed to 70 high needs elementary schools across Canada through the Foundation. Several schools in Quebec have received Love of Reading Grants including:

    
    - New Carlisle High School, New Carlisle, Quebec
    - Orchard Elementary, LaSalle, Quebec
    - Shigawake Port Daniel School, Montreal, Quebec
    - Riverview, Verdun, Quebec
    - Butler Elementary, Bedford, Quebec
    

The Indigo Laval store is the final of six new Indigo Books, Gifts, Kids stores that have opened in 2009 as part of a growth plan for the Company, including Surrey (Opened April, 2009), Edmonton, (Opened in July, 2009), Milton (Opened August, 2009) and Calgary (two locations opened in September, 2009).

About Indigo Books & Music Inc.

Indigo is a publicly traded Canadian company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:IDG). As the largest book retailer in the country, Indigo operates in all provinces under different banners including Indigo Books & Music; Indigo Books, Gifts, Kids; IndigoSpirit, Chapters, The World's Biggest Bookstore, and Coles.

Chapters and Indigo are rated as the number one and number two retailers in Canada by the Kubas Major Market Retail Report, and have occupied the list since 2000.

SOURCE Indigo Books & Music Inc.

For further information: For further information: or to arrange media interviews or store tours please contact: Lisa Huie, Manager, Public Relations, Indigo Books & Music Inc., lhuie@indigo.ca, (416) 646-8926


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