Real Canadian Superstore in Airdrie becomes Loblaw Companies first bagless store in Alberta



    - Fifth Canadian bagless location continues leadership in green retailing

    BRAMPTON, ON, June 23 /CNW/ - As part of its ongoing efforts to become a
more responsible green retailer, the Real Canadian Superstore located in
Airdrie became Loblaw Companies Limited first store in Alberta to eliminate
traditional plastic grocery bags at the checkouts. This location is the 5th
Loblaw banner store to go plastic-bagless following recent launches in Milton,
ON, Langford, BC, Sherbrooke, QC and Halifax, NS.
    In April 2007, Loblaw Companies Limited made a commitment to reduce
1 billion plastic grocery bags from Canada's landfills within one year. The
use of each PC(R) Green reusable bag for one year diverts approximately 100
plastic bags from Canada's landfill, equating to the possible diversion of one
billon plastic shopping bags - if Canadians use reusable bags each time they
shop. Reducing the amount of plastic grocery bags offered in stores, and
offering more sustainable choices, helped achieve this goal. Currently,
Canadians use about 10 billion plastic bags per year.
    "As the largest grocery retailer in Alberta and Canada, we have a duty to
help reduce the volume of waste in our communities," stated Galen G. Weston,
Executive Chairman, Loblaw Companies Limited. "Opening this store free from
traditional plastic bags at the checkouts is a positive step towards a greener
environment."
    This initiative implemented in the Airdrie Real Canadian Superstore
follows a wide-ranging communications plan that was put into operation to
encourage customers to reuse bags and boxes. With the launch of the PC(C)
Green(TM) reusable bag - the company's new reusable shopping bag - customers
will be encouraged to shop with reusable bags. Additionally, customers can
also use PC(C) Green Box(TM), which have been designed to be inserted into
store grocery carts and replace the equivalent of 3 to 5 traditional grocery
bags.

    About Loblaw Companies Limited

    Loblaw Companies Limited is Canada's largest food distributor and a
leading provider of general merchandise, drugstore and financial products and
services. Through its various operating banners, Loblaw is committed to
providing Canadians with a one-stop destination in meeting their food and
everyday household needs. This goal is pursued through a portfolio of store
formats across the country. It also offers one of Canada's strongest control
label programs, including the unique President's Choice(R) and no name(R)
brands. Loblaw is one of the largest private-sector employers in Canada,
employing over 140,000 full-time and part-time employees.

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For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview with a spokesperson,
please contact: David Primorac, Loblaw Companies Limited, Office: (905)
459-2500 ext. 3634, david.primorac@loblaw.ca


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