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    A&P Canada Dims Lights for Earth Hour

    The observance is just part of the Metro subsidiary's environmental efforts.

    A&P Canada dimmed its lights at participating stores Saturday across the province of Ontario to support Earth Hour, a global initiative led by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to help raise awareness about global warming.

    While all participating A&P stores will remain open and fully operational, at 8:00 p.m. they will dim lights at store level, as a way of showing their support by cutting down on electricity usage.

    This isn't the first time A&P Canada has lowered its electrical usage. In the summer of 2007 Hydro Toronto recognized the grocer for reducing energy consumption in stores across the greater Toronto area.

    A&P Canada has committed to help "Leave it Greener" by joining in environmental initiatives. For example, it said it is the first to offer plastic bag recycling bins in all of its stores across Ontario. The used plastic bags collected at stores are combined with plastic films at store level and sold to companies who use the plastic to manufacture new bags containing post consumer recycled film. Since that program began in 1996, A&P Canada has saved 3.57 million pounds, or 250 million plastic bags, from reaching landfills.

    A wholly owned subsidiary of Montreal-based Metro, Inc., A&P Canada Co. operates over 280 grocery stores under the A&P, Dominion, Ultra Food & Drug, The Barn, Loeb, and Food Basics banners across Ontario.

    Hed:Mollie Stone's Receives Business Award from San Mateo County

    Dek:The independent's green policies and management style helped earn it local recognition.

    Mollie Stone's Markets last week received the prestigious "Business Award" from the San Mateo County Economic Development Association (SAMCEDA) in recognition of its innovation, strong management, and overall success in the county.

    SAMCEDA honored Mollie Stone's along with other award winners during its 2008 Awards of Excellence event luncheon lat week.

    The county also named the independent a finalist for the Community Service Award. David Bennett, co-owner of Mollie Stone's, said the county "acknowledged the commitment our employees show in giving back to the San Mateo County community, our commitment to green initiatives, and our innovative management policies. This is a great honor for our company."

    Mollie Stone's operates stores in Sausalito, Greenbrae, San Francisco (Pacific Heights and Tower Market), Palo Alto, Burlingame, San Mateo, and San Bruno.

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