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MEDIA/PHOTO ADVISORY - Shoppers Drug Mart Builds Energy Efficiency into New Stores Including Latest Woodbridge Location

Aug 26, 2010

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VAUGHAN, ON, Aug. 26 /CNW/ - On Saturday, August 28, 2010 Shoppers Drug Mart will open its new energy-efficient store in Woodbridge. It's one of more than 100 Shoppers Drug Mart stores reducing their environmental footprint by building in energy-efficiency measures early in the store design. Representatives from the Ontario Power Authority's High Performance New Construction (HPNC) program will be on hand to recognize Shoppers Drug Mart for its energy efficiency efforts at the store's opening.

Local residents and media are invited to attend the grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony where the first 1,000 customers will receive a free Shoppers Drug Mart Eco-Bag.

"We're proud to work with companies like Shoppers Drug Mart to help them improve energy efficiency," said Susan Clinesmith, Program Manager for the HPNC program with Enbridge Gas Distribution. "Helping them incorporate energy-efficiency measures early in their construction plans will assist them in realizing greater value for their energy dollar while reducing environmental impact."


Date:   Saturday, August 28, 2010
Time:   8:30 a.m.
Location:  Shoppers Drug Mart, 5694 Highway 7, Woodbridge Mall, Woodbridge

This newly relocated store is one of 50 completed stores in Ontario with energy-efficiency measures incorporated into the new building design and the Company has submitted applications for more than 100 stores to the HPNC program. These new store constructions, combined with the Company's implementation of Energy Management Systems to over 400 stores nationally, are part of the Company's overall commitment to minimize the impact its operations have on the environment and improve energy efficiency.

"Shoppers Drug Mart is committed to finding new, innovative ways to reduce our environmental footprint," said Tammy Smitham Director, Communications & Corporate Affairs, Shoppers Drug Mart. "We have undertaken a wide range of initiatives aimed at ensuring environmental sustainability, including our participation in the HPNC program, to ensure the health of our communities, customers and patients for years to come."

The Ontario Power Authority and Enbridge Gas Distribution worked with Shoppers Drug Mart to help build energy-efficiency measures into the new building construction plans to help reduce electricity demand. Shoppers Drug Mart is an active participant in the Ontario Power Authority's HPNC program, submitting applications for more than 100 different new premises through mid-2010. On average, Shoppers Drug Mart's new stores are expected to achieve reductions in peak power use of close to an average of 28 kilowatts per store. The use of energy-efficient lighting and air conditioning also results in substantial reductions in annual electricity use, with lower operating costs and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

About Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation

Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation is one of the most recognized and trusted names in Canadian retailing.  The Company is the licensor of full-service retail drug stores operating under the name Shoppers Drug Mart (Pharmaprix in Québec).  With more than 1,180 Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix stores operating in prime locations in each province and two territories, the Company is one of the most convenient retailers in Canada.  The Company also licenses or owns more than 59 medical clinic pharmacies operating under the name Shoppers Simply Pharmacy (Pharmaprix Simplement Santé in Québec) and eight luxury beauty destinations operating as Murale. As well, the Company also owns and operates 63 Shoppers Home Health Care stores, making it the largest Canadian retailer of home health care products and services.  In addition to its retail store network, the Company owns Shoppers Drug Mart Specialty Health Network Inc., a provider of specialty drug distribution, pharmacy and comprehensive patient support services, and MediSystem Technologies Inc., a provider of pharmaceutical products and services to long-term care facilities in Ontario and Alberta. For more information, visit www.shoppersdrugmart.ca.

About the Ontario Power Authority

The Ontario Power Authority is responsible for ensuring a reliable, sustainable supply of electricity for Ontario. Its four key areas of focus are: planning the power system for the long term, leading and co-ordinating conservation initiatives across the province, ensuring development of needed generation resources and supporting the continued evolution of the electricity sector.

About Enbridge Gas Distribution

Enbridge Gas Distribution has a 160-year history and is Canada's largest natural gas distribution company and delivers the HPNC program on behalf of the Ontario Power Authority. It is owned by Enbridge Inc., a Canadian-based leader in energy transportation and distribution and one of the 2010 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations. Enbridge Inc. has been selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers for 2010 and is one of Canada's Top 100 Employers. Enbridge Gas Distribution and its affiliates distribute natural gas to about 1.9 million customers in Ontario, Quebec, New York State and New Brunswick. For more information, visit www.enbridgegas.com.

For more information on the HPNC program call 1-888-OPA-HPNC (1-888-672-4762) or visit www.hpnc.ca.  Applications are available online.

For further information:

Tammy Smitham, Shoppers Drug Mart
Tel: (416) 490-2892  Email: tsmitham@shoppersdrugmart.ca

Tim Butters, Ontario Power Authority
Tel: (416) 969-6307  Email: media@powerauthority.ca

Chris Meyer, Enbridge Gas Distribution
Tel: (416) 753-6626  Email: chris.meyer@enbridge.com


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