Zehrs(R) celebrates its 60th anniversary with a trip back in time

Zehrs opened in July 1950 and will mark occasion with in-store promotions and events

BRAMPTON, ON, April 8 /CNW/ - Calling all Cool Cats, Dollies and Greasers! It's time to put on your poodle skirts, bobby socks, saddle shoes - roll up your jeans and get ready to make the scene. Zehrs(R) is celebrating its 60th anniversary and we will be bringing the pop culture of the 1950s in-store to commemorate opening our doors on July 18, 1950. In-store promotions and events will be running from April 10 to June 27, 2010.

"We're happy to have been part of the community for six decades," says Derrick Pittman, Vice President of Zehrs. "As a way of showing our dedicated customers how important they are to us and thank them for 60 years of loyalty, we're running a contest and providing a series of in-store activities. Zehrs involvement in the community has always gone beyond the checkout counter and we consider this commitment integral to the success of our business."

A Chance to Win $6,000 in FREE Groceries and More

How would you like a chance to shop for $6,000 in free groceries for a year and indulge in your favourite foods? Visit www.zehrs.ca to enter the contest(1) online. There is one (1) Grand Prize available to be won consisting of $6,000 in Zehrs Gift Cards and five (5) secondary prizes consisting of $1,000 each in Zehrs Gift Cards.

In-store Activities

Starting this Saturday, shop and be greeted by colleagues dressed in a 1950s inspired uniform, while jiving to hits from the past. Keep an eye out for our Zehrs three-day sales, offering discounts on products and featured in the weekly flyer.

Drop by and play the Hi-Lo Game. To play, contestants select an item and then must guess if the price is really higher or lower than the marked price. All customers receive a token of appreciation for participating.

60th Anniversary Celebrations

Mark your calendars - On June 25, 26 and 27, colleagues and management from six Zehrs locations including, Paisley Road in Guelph; Morrison Street, Niagara Falls; Malden Road, Windsor; Yonge Street, Barrie; Conestoga Boulevard, Cambridge and Ottawa Street, Kitchener, will be holding an outdoor celebration inviting all members of the community to come out from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and join in on the fun. What's buzzin' cuzzin? There will be live radio remotes broadcasting from the store locations, antique cars set up in store parking lots and free ice cream. Be sure to keep an eye out for the Zehrs Anniversary Float, outfitted with a 1950 Cadillac and Jukebox, which will be visiting store locations all across Ontario, and participating in some local community parades. We will host outdoor barbecues, offering tasty delights from Pillers or Schneiders, with all proceeds benefitting President's Choice(R) Children's Charity. Be there or be square!

While customer service, good value and low prices have made it a household name, Zehrs stores and their colleagues have supported more than 150 local charities through Save A Tape Program, President's Choice(R) Children's Charity and partnerships with various charities including Food Banks Canada and YMCA Strong Kids Campaign.

For more information about Zehrs 60th Anniversary celebrations, contact your local Zehrs store or visit www.zehrs.ca for a schedule of activities happening at a location near you.

About Loblaw Companies Limited

Loblaw Companies Limited, a subsidiary of George Weston Limited, is Canada's largest food distributor and a leading provider of drugstore, general merchandise and financial products and services. Loblaw is one of the largest private sector employers in Canada. With more than 1,000 corporate and franchised stores from coast to coast, Loblaw and its franchisees employ over 138,000 full-time and part-time employees. Through its portfolio of store formats, Loblaw is committed to providing Canadians with a wide, growing and successful range of products and services to meet the everyday household demands of Canadian consumers. Loblaw is known for the quality, innovation and value of its food offering. It offers Canada's strongest control (private) label program, including the unique President's Choice(R), no name(R) and Joe Fresh Style(R) brands. In addition, the Company makes available to consumers President's Choice Financial(R) services and offers the PC(R) points loyalty program.

    
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    (1) NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Zehrs 60th Anniversary Win $6000 Free
        Groceries Contest: Contest starts April 9th, 2010 12:01 am EST and
        ends June 27th, 2010 11:59pm. The Contest is open to all legal
        residents of Ontario who have reached the age of majority. Contest
        draw date is July 15th, 2010. To enter, go to www.zehrs.ca and
        complete the entry ballot in full and submit it as instructed by the
        Contest Closing Date. Odds of winning depend on the number of
        eligible entries. Entrants must first correctly answer, unaided, a
        time-limited, mathematical skill-testing question as included on the
        entry form. There is one (1) Grand Prize available to be won
        consisting of $6,000 in Zehrs Gift Cards and five (5) secondary
        prizes consisting of $1000 each in Zehrs Gift Cards. LIMIT: One entry
        per person, per e-mail account/address. More than one entry from a
        single person will void all entries from that person or e-mail
        account/address. To participate and for full contest rules, visit
        www.zehrs.ca
    

SOURCE Loblaw Companies Limited

For further information: For further information: or to arrange an interview with a spokesperson, please contact: Public Relations Department, Loblaw Companies Limited, pr@loblaw.ca


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