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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.