Pierre H. Lessard will be appointed Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of METRO INC.

    MONTREAL, Jan. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - Mr. Maurice Jodoin, Chairman of the
Board of METRO INC., is pleased to announce that Mr. Pierre H. Lessard will
become on April 15, 2008, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Mr. Jodoin, thanks Mr. Lessard for accepting to continue to contribute to
METRO INC. "The Company truly benefits from his dynamic nature and his
unrivalled experience", stated the Chairman of the Board.
    Mr. Pierre Brunet will become Lead Director on April 15, 2008.
Mr. Brunet, who is Chairman of the Board of the Caisse de depot et placement
du Québec, is a Director of the Company since 2001.
    Mr. Jodoin announced that he will be leaving his function as director on
April 15, 2008. Mr. Jodoin is Chairman of the Board since 2000 and a Director
since 1987. He was one of the first independent directors elected on the Board
of Directors of METRO INC. "I thank Mr. Jodoin for the excellent work he has
performed for more than 20 years on the Board of Directors, more specifically
as Chairman of the Board since 2000, and for supporting the Management of the
Company over these years", stated Pierre H. Lessard.
    Mr. Eric R. La Flèche, who, as previously announced, will become in April
2008, Chief Executive Officer of METRO INC., will then be appointed on the
Board of the Company.


    With annual sales of nearly $11 billion and over 65,000 employees, METRO
INC. is a leader in the food and pharmacy market segments in both Quebec and
Ontario where it operates a network of close to 600 supermarkets under Metro,
Metro Plus, Super C, A&P, Dominion, Loeb and Food Basics banners as well as
over 250 pharmacies under the Brunet, Clini Plus, The Pharmacy and Drug Basics
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For further information:

For further information: Marie-Claude Bacon, Director Corporate Affairs
Department, (514) 643-1086, 1-800-361-4681 x1086; SOURCE: METRO INC.

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