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Press release from Marketwire

RONA Annual Meeting of Shareholders on May 9, 2012

Thursday, May 03, 2012

RONA Annual Meeting of Shareholders on May 9, 201216:17 EDT Thursday, May 03, 2012BOUCHERVILLE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 3, 2012) - RONA inc. (TSX:RON)(TSX:RON.PR.A), Canada's largest distributor and retailer of hardware, home renovation and gardening products is inviting representatives from the media and the financial community to its annual meeting of shareholders next Wednesday, May 9 at 11 a.m. at the Corporation's Boucherville head office. Jean Gaulin, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Robert Dutton, President and CEO, and Dominique Boies, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will discuss highlights of the Corporation's activities in 2011 and the outlook for the future. WHERE:RONA inc. head office, Academy entrance220, chemin du Tremblay, Boucherville (Quebec)WHEN:Wednesday May 9, 201211 a.m. Annual meeting of shareholders(We suggest a 10:30 arrival)Television cameras and photographs will be permitted for five minutes before and after the meeting. Cameramen and photographers will have to leave the moment the meeting begins. Robert Dutton will be available to answer questions from media representatives after the meeting.The annual meeting of shareholders will also be broadcast online (audio only) at It will not be possible to ask questions. Audio replay of the annual meeting will be available in the afternoon of May 10.About RONARONA is the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, home renovation and gardening products. The Corporation operates a network of more than 800 corporate, franchise and affiliate stores of various sizes and formats under several banners, and a network of 18 hardware and construction-materials distribution centres which are flexible and perfectly adapted to the diverse needs of its clientele. RONA is also a leader in the specialized plumbing and HVAC market, primarily serving commercial and professional customers with a network of close to 60 sales outlets across the country.In total, RONA supplies nearly 1,500 sales outlets, of which more than 830 are under one of its banners, as well as close to 600 clients, independent dealers, in its distribution network. With more than 30,000 employees working under its family of banners in every region of Canada, the RONA store network generates consolidated sales of $4.8 billion and over $6 billion taking into account the total impact of the retail sales of franchise dealers, affiliates and other independent dealers who buy their supplies at RONA. For more information, visit FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Nadia Goyer, Senior advisorMediaCommunications and public affairsRONA inc.514-599-5900, ext. 5271nadia.goyer@rona.caORStephane Milot, Senior DirectorFinancial communityInvestor RelationsRONA