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Proud Partner of the Canadian Football League and Official Presenter of the 100th Grey Cup Tour: RONA Announces the Refurbishment of the Parc St-Laurent Football Field in Montreal

Friday, October 19, 2012

Proud Partner of the Canadian Football League and Official Presenter of the 100th Grey Cup Tour: RONA Announces the Refurbishment of the Parc St-Laurent Football Field in Montreal11:00 EDT Friday, October 19, 2012BOUCHERVILLE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 19, 2012) - RONA inc. (TSX:RON)(TSX:RON.PR.A), the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, renovation and gardening products, is proud to announce the major refurbishment of the Parc St-Laurent football field in Montreal through its Home Field Advantage program. This $30,000 investment, primarily in materials, will have direct and tangible benefits for the community.Throughout the 100thGrey Cup Tour, RONA is gradually revealing the names of the eight football fields to be restored in communities where Canadian Football League (CFL) teams are based. As announced earlier this summer, this program involves a total investment of $240,000."As a partner of the CFL since 2000 and the official presenter of the 100thGrey Cup Tour, RONA is proud to bring the excitement of the Grey Cup to football fans across Canada," said Karim Salabi, Executive Vice President, Marketing. "We'll also have a unique opportunity to restore eight local football fields where families and friends gather to share their passion for the game," he added. RONA is the official presenter of the 100thGrey Cup Tour, a trans-Canada train journey designed to inspire Canadians to celebrate the Grey Cup, to be held in Toronto on November 25. The train schedule is available at greycuptour.ca. About RONA RONA inc. (TSX:RON)(RON.PR.A) is the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, home renovation and gardening products and operates a network of more than 800 corporate, franchise and affiliate stores of various sizes and formats. With close to 30,000 employees working under its family of banners in every region of Canada, the RONA store network generates more than $6 billion in annual retail sales. Visit www.rona.ca for more information. Media contact Upon request, the RONA ambassador overseeing the refurbishment project at the Parc St-Laurent football field is available for interviews.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Valerie LamarreRONA514-599-5900, ext. 5271valerie.lamarre@rona.caORKaren NussbaumMSL Canada416-847-1317karen.nussbaum@mslgroup.com