600 Plus Hbc Stores Join Earth Hour Movement by Turning Off Lights on March 29th

    - Stores will reduce or turn off lighting at 8:00 p.m. Local Time -

    TORONTO, March 27 /CNW/ - More than 600 Hudson's Bay Company (Hbc)
stores, including the Bay, Zellers, Home Outfitters and Fields, will
participate in Earth Hour 2008, a global environmental sustainability movement
to raise awareness about global warming.
    Hbc stores from coast to coast will turn off or reduce all lighting for
one hour starting at 8 p.m. on March 29, 2008.

    -  All external signage and perimeter lighting will be turned off
    -  Store lighting will be reduced within the limits of customer and
       associate safety
    -  During this hour, shoppers will be alerted to the Earth Hour movement
       by public address system announcements

    Hbc is a retail leader in environmental sustainability with unique
corporate and store initiatives including:

    Zero waste - Hbc's corporate head office located in downtown Toronto is
    the first office tower in Canada to achieve the 'zero waste' designation.

    Enwave deep cooling - In 2005, Hbc was the first retailer to embrace
    green energy. By converting its one-million-square-foot Queen Street Bay
    to green energy for air conditioning, the new system uses 90 per cent
    less electricity than conventional chillers.

    Recycling at store level - In 2006, Zellers and Bay stores recycled
    606 kg (1,333 lb) of rechargeable batteries and cell phones.

    Eco-friendly products such as Truly Ultra Cold Water Laundry Detergent,
    ENERGY STAR qualified appliances and 100 per cent Organic Cotton house
    wares and apparel are available at the Bay and Zellers.

    Hbc is Canada's largest diversified general merchandise retailer,
operating in department store (the Bay), mass merchandise (Zellers), specialty
(Home Outfitters and Designer Depot) and discount (Fields) formats. With more
than 580 retail locations and nearly 70,000 associates located in every
province in Canada, Hbc provides Canadians with stylish, quality merchandise
at great value, through retail banners focused on exceptional customer
service. Hbc is a Canadian retail leader in corporate social responsibility,
and the fifth annual Hbc CSR report can be found at www.hbc.com.

For further information:

For further information: Hillary Marshall, Director, Corporate
Communications, Hbc, (416) 861-6315

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