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    Loblaw's Bagless Initiative Spreads to Alberta

    The store in Airdrie is the fifth Loblaw unit to dispense with plastic bags at checkout.

    The continuing efforts of Loblaw Cos., Ltd. to show its sustainable side led to the conversion of the Real Canadian Superstore in Airdrie, Alta. to a bagless location, the first such bagless Loblaw banner store in Alberta - and the fifth in Canada.

    The other bagless locations are in Milton, Ont.; Langford, B.C.; Sherbrooke, Que.; and Halifax, N.S.

    In April 2007 Loblaw made a commitment to reduce 1 billion plastic grocery bags from Canada's landfills within one year.

    "As the largest grocery retailer in Alberta and Canada, we have a duty to help reduce the volume of waste in our communities," said Loblaw executive chairman Galen G. Weston. "Opening this store free from traditional plastic bags at the checkouts is a positive step towards a greener environment."

    Loblaw, Canada's largest food distributor and a leading provider of general merchandise, drug store and financial products and services, employs over 140,000 full-time and part-time employees.

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