New store will bring outdoor goods closer to co-op members

    MEC announces next new 'green' store in Burlington, Ontario

    VANCOUVER, June 25 /CNW/ - Mountain Equipment Co-op(TM) (MEC), Canada's
leading outdoor retailer, will open its next new store in Burlington, Ontario,
in 2008. Located just south of the Queen Elizabeth Way near the Burlington GO
Station at the intersection of Brant Street and Leighland Road, the store will
enable the co-operative retailer to better serve its large and growing
membership in southwestern Ontario.
    "Co-operatives exist to serve their member-owners," said MEC chair Linda
Bartlett. "We're delighted about the prospect of serving one of our fastest
growing membership areas through a new centrally located and readily
accessible store."
    CEO Peter Robinson said, "Burlington and the site we've selected are
ideal for MEC. Not only is the city the hub of our membership base in southern
Ontario, it's also close to numerous outstanding outdoor recreation
opportunities. The site itself is accessible by various modes of
transportation, highly visible, and it's located in an area of the city that's
experiencing regrowth."
    MEC has approximately 750,000 members in Ontario. Of these, over 100,000
live within the store trade area - on the west side of Greater Toronto, in or
near Burlington, Guelph, Hamilton or London, throughout the Niagara Peninsula
and in smaller southwestern Ontario communities.
    Besides camping or paddling in southwestern Ontario's numerous parks or
lakes, opportunities for road cycling, mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing
and cross-country skiing are all readily available near Burlington.
    "We are very excited to welcome Mountain Equipment Co-op to Burlington,"
said Mayor Cam Jackson. "MEC is an outstanding retailer which perfectly
complements our community values of active living and environmental
    Sitting on a 1.8-acre site, the store will total 20,000 square feet in
size, with 17,000 feet devoted to retail space and the balance for staff and
warehouse space.
    "Sustainability is a driving force at MEC, and the Burlington store will
be developed to our rigorous green building standards," said Robinson.
    MEC plans to construct its greenest building to date and to meet at least
the gold standard of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
green-building rating system.
    Site planning and design work are underway. The goal is to begin
construction in time to complete major foundation and concrete work before
freeze-up this fall.
    Approximately 80 people will be employed at the Burlington store once it
is open. The staff complement will increase during holiday and seasonal peaks.
    The store will be the outdoor retail co-operative's third store in
Ontario (after Toronto and Ottawa) and its twelfth in Canada. MEC also
operates a bilingual transactional website (, mail order service
and corporate and group sales program.

    MEC is Canada's leading retailer of outdoor clothing and equipment,
providing quality products and services for self-propelled activities like
hiking, climbing and skiing. Established in 1971, MEC has more than
2.6 million members throughout Canada and around the world. Widely recognized
for its commitment to community and sustainability, MEC recently joined One
Percent For The Planet, an alliance of some 500 companies in 20 countries that
annually allocate one per cent of their total revenues towards environmental

For further information:

For further information: Tim Southam, Communications Manager, (604)
707-4480 (Direct), (778) 388-1275 (Cell),; Nadia Beaupré,
Communications and Marketing Coordinator, (604) 707-4466,

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