Media Advisory - Grocery giant Theodore P. Loblaw to be commemorated by provincial plaque

    TORONTO, Sept. 16 /CNW/ -

    Date:        Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 2 p.m.
    Location:    Stevenson Farms
                 5923 King Street North, near Alliston
    Directions:  From downtown Alliston, follow Highway 89 west to the
                 intersection with County Road 15 (opposite the Dairy Queen).
                 Turn right on County Road 15. Go north 4.3 kilometres. On
                 the right, look for a white house with a green water tower
                 and four large green barns. Turn right at the private gated
                 entrance marked by the Stevenson Farms B&B sign.
    Photo        The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander unveils provincial
    opportunity  plaque
    Contact:     Gordon Pim
                 Marketing and Communications Coordinator
                 Telephone: 416-325-1484

    Join the Ontario Heritage Trust, the Simcoe County Historical
Association, Stevenson Farms and the Essa Historical Society as we unveil a
provincial plaque to commemorate Theodore P. Loblaw.
    Loblaw - whose name is synonymous with a grocery store chain in Canada -
was a pioneer in the industry. Opening his first groceteria in 1919, Loblaw's
stores burgeoned by 1933 to include over 100 stores throughout Ontario and
over 50 in the United States. Although he died that same year, Loblaw is
remembered for his innovative merchandising methods that fundamentally changed
the way Canadians shop for food.
    Loblaw was also known for his philanthropy. He donated money to the Town
of Alliston to build a new hospital (in memory of his grandparents), he gave
generously to the Toronto Kiwanis Club and - with his business partner, J.M.
Cork - donated $1 million to support the construction of Toronto Western

    The Ontario Heritage Trust's Provincial Plaque Program commemorates
significant people, places and events in Ontario's history. Since 1953, over
1,200 provincial plaques have been unveiled.

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For further information: Gordon Pim, Marketing and Communications
Coordinator, Telephone: (416) 325-1484, E-mail:

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