METRO announces $400-million investment to continue its growth and expansion in the Ontario market

Montreal, 2017-Oct-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — METRO Inc. (TSX: MRU) announced today (October 11, 2017) a projected $400-million investment over 6 years in its Ontario distribution network. The company will modernize its operations in Toronto between 2018 and 2023 by building a new fresh distribution facility and a new frozen distribution facility—both of which will leverage technological improvements like automation.

“This investment will enable METRO to continue its growth and expansion in the Ontario market,” says Eric R. La Flèche, President and Chief Executive Officer, METRO Inc. “With a new and modernized supply chain infrastructure, we will be even more responsive to the needs of our customers.”

METRO’s existing distribution network in Toronto was built for the most part more than 50 years ago and no longer meets the evolving needs of the business.

“The new distribution centres will provide improved product assortment and selection accuracy as well as more flexibility which will allow us to improve service to our store network and customers,” states Carmen Fortino, Executive Vice President and Metro Ontario Division Head. “In addition, they will feature state-of-the-art technology to enhance efficiency.”

METRO currently operates six distribution centres in Ontario. Four centres are located in Toronto and two in Ottawa. Together, they provide employment to over 1,500 employees. METRO’s decision to modernize and automate a part of its distribution network will result in an anticipated loss of approximately 180 full-time and 100 part-time positions starting in 2021.

METRO acknowledges the impact its decision will have on these employees and their families.

“Working with our employees and our union, we will provide those who will be impacted by this decision with a range of transition measures to support them throughout the process,” says Fortino. “Fortunately, we have some time to plan the transition.”

METRO Inc.

With annual sales of $12.8 billion and over 65,000 employees, METRO INC. is a leader in the food and pharmaceutical distribution 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, Metro Pharmacy and Drug Basics banners.
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For further information:
Marie-Claude Bacon
Senior Director, Corporate Affairs Department
(514) 643-1086
mbacon@metro.ca

Source: METRO INC.

Metro Inc. to release its 3Q 2017 financial results on August 15th, 2017

Montreal, 2017-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Metro Inc. will be releasing its financial results for the Third Quarter of 2017 on August 15th, 2017. This release will be followed by a conference call at 9:00 a.m. EDT.

Mr. Eric R. La Flèche, President & CEO and Mr. François Thibault, Executive Vice President & CFO will hold the conference call intended for investors and financial analysts to review the financial results. This conference call will be followed by a question and answer period and is expected to last approximately 60 minutes.

The analysts and institutional investors are invited to access the conference call, by dialing 647.427.7450 or 1.888.231.8191 (access code 51081346) or via the website by clicking here. The journalists as well as the public may access this conference via a listen mode only. A replay will be available approximately one hour after the call at 1.855.859.2056 (access code 51081346) or via the website by clicking here, until 23:59 EDT on September 14, 2017.

Metro Inc.
With annual sales of over $12 billion and over 65,000 employees, METRO INC. is a leader in the food and pharmaceutical distribution in Quebec 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, Metro Pharmacy and Drug Basics banners.

For further information:

Roberto Sbrugnera
Vice President, Treasury, Risks and Investor Relations
Metro Inc.
514 643-1000

Source: Metro Inc.

Metro Inc.’s 2017 2Q financial results to be released on April 25th, 2017

Montreal, 2017-Apr-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Metro Inc. will be releasing its financial results for the Second Quarter of 2017 on April 25th, 2017. This release will be followed by a conference call at 9:00 a.m. EDT.

Mr. Eric R. La Flèche, President & CEO and Mr. François Thibault, Executive Vice President & CFO will hold the conference call intended for investors and financial analysts to review the financial results. This conference call will be followed by a question and answer period and is expected to last approximately 60 minutes.

The analysts and institutional investors are invited to access the conference call, by dialing 647.427.7450 or 1.888.231.8191 (access code 99384094) or via the website by clicking here. The journalists as well as the public may access this conference via a listen mode only. A replay will be available approximately one hour after the call at 1.855.859.2056 (access code 99384094) or via the website by clicking here, until 23:59 EDT on May 25th, 2017.

Metro inc.
With annual sales of over $12 billion and over 65,000 employees, METRO INC. is a leader in the food and pharmaceutical distribution in Quebec 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, Metro Pharmacy and Drug Basics banners.

For further information:

Roberto Sbrugnera
Vice President, Treasury, Risks and Investor Relations
Metro inc.
514 643-1000

Source: Metro inc.