Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. this weekend plans to open its latest energy-efficient store in Woodbridge, Ontario, as it continues its rollout of the format.

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Shoppers Drug Mart continues energy-savvy store program

August 27th, 2010

TORONTO – Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. this weekend plans to open its latest energy-efficient store in Woodbridge, Ontario, as it continues its rollout of the format.

The Canadian drug chain said Thursday that representatives from the Ontario Power Authority's High Performance New Construction (HPNC) program will be on hand at the Woodbridge store's grand opening on Aug. 28 to recognize Shoppers Drug Mart for its energy efficiency efforts. The store's first 1,000 customers will receive a free Shoppers Drug Mart Eco-Bag.

According to Shoppers Drug Mart, the Woodbridge location 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.

"Shoppers Drug Mart is committed to finding new, innovative ways to reduce our environmental footprint," commented Tammy Smitham, director of communications and corporate affairs for the retailer. "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."

These new store constructions, combined with Shoppers Drug Mart'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.

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. On average, the retailer said, its 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 will result in substantial reductions in annual electricity use, with lower operating costs and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

"We're proud to work with companies like Shoppers Drug Mart to help them improve energy efficiency," stated Susan Clinesmith, HPNC program manager for 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."

Overall, Shoppers Drug Mart has more than 1,180 drug stores under the Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix banners, 59 medical clinic pharmacies operating under the name Shoppers Simply Pharmacy (Pharmaprix Simplement Santé in Quebec), eight Murale luxury beauty outlets, and 63 Shoppers Home Health Care stores.