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Metro acquires pharmacy business from seven locations in the Zellers pharmacy network in Ontario

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Metro acquires pharmacy business from seven locations in the Zellers pharmacy network in Ontario12:00 EDT Tuesday, April 03, 2012 Metro Ontario Inc. committed to seamless transition for Zellers pharmacy customers TORONTO, April 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Metro Ontario Inc., a subsidiary of Metro Inc. (TSX: MRU), today announced the acquisition of the pharmacy business including prescription files from seven Zellers pharmacies in Ontario. Metro will ensure continuity of care for Zellers' pharmacy customers through a seamless transition process. The acquisition includes Zellers pharmacies in Hamilton, London, Mississauga, Sudbury, Collingwood, and two in Brampton. With a local Metro or Food Basics store already operating in each of these communities, Zellers' pharmacy customers will be a few steps away from their new Pharmacists and Pharmacy Team. "At Metro, we continually strive to provide Ontario residents with a range of products and services that will allow them to live well and maintain a healthy lifestyle. We invite our new customers to visit our stores and speak with one of our staff members to learn more about our offerings and services," said Lyman Kwok, Vice-President Pharmacy Operations, Metro Ontario Inc. Zellers' pharmacy customers can expect a wide range of products and services at Metro and Food Basics bannered stores and pharmacies, along with caring, passionate and engaged employees who are eager to deliver superior customer service and enhanced pharmacy programs. Pharmacy service offerings include Metro's Celiac Disease screening program, compliance packaging, nutritional shopping tours, medication reviews and in-store blood pressure monitoring. With each prescription, customers will receive Drug Information sheets, as well as Nutritional Information sheets for a series of medications. "I'm confident that the pharmacies at Metro and Food Basics will deliver excellent service to our customers," said Lori Fasano, General Merchandise Manager of Pharmacy for Zellers. "We are working closely with Metro on a smooth transition for pharmacy customers while fully ensuring the protection of confidential patient information." Metro Inc. With annual sales of over $11 billion and over 65,000 employees, Metro Inc. is a leader in the food and pharmaceutical sectors in Québec and Ontario, where it operates a network of more than 600 food stores under several banners including Metro, Metro Plus, Super C and Food Basics, as well as over 250 drugstores under the Brunet, The Pharmacy and Drug Basics banners. SOURCE METRO INC.For further information: <p> Source : METRO INC.<br/> Information : Marie-Claude Bacon<br/> Senior Director, Corporate Affairs<br/> 514 643-1086<br/> 1-800-361-4681, x1086<br/> <a href="mailto:mbacon@metro.ca">mbacon@metro.ca</a> </p>