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Metro Plus opens $8.3 million sustainable store in Montreal area

new_metro_plus_store_in_lachine_que-3669791New Metro Plus store in Lachine Que

Metro Plus’ newest location is a 39,000 sq ft store in Lachine, QC.The new store, which represents an $8.3 million investment was designed with sustainability and community commitments in mind, according to Metro.

Owner Marie-Josée Bernard celebrated the opening with several Metro management team members and the mayor of Lachine, Maja Vodanovic.

coupure_ruban-3802094From left to right: Robert Cardin, senior director, Legal Affairs, Metro; Guy Girard, Retail operations director, Metro; Marie-Josée Bernard, owner; Denis Brisebois, vice president, retail operations, Metro; Enrico Ciccone, member for Marquette, Quebec Liberal Party; Julie Pascale Provost, Borough Councillor; Maja Vodanovic, mayor of the Borough of Lachine.

For example, the store is participating in a program called Food Recovery in Supermarkets to redistribute food that is still good for consumption to community organizations. In 2021, the store will also participate in Metro’s Green Apple School program, which gives elementary and secondary school students in the community an opportunity to take part in in projects aimed at increasing fruit and vegetable consumption.

aki_sushi_aki_thai-2417588The food market includes an Aki Sushi and an Aki Thai counter offering sushi and Thai dishes prepared in-store

To promote the reuse of shopping bags, customers were able to get free reusable bags with their purchases during opening week that began February 27. This store will not provide single-use plastic shopping bags, as part of Metro’s plan to reduce the number of single-use plastic shopping bags in its food and pharmacy banners by 50 per cent by the end of fiscal year 2023.

The store is also participating in a waste management plan to recover cardboard, plastic, metal, paper and organic materials with the goal of zero waste to landfills.

From a design perspective, the new store features energy-saving LED lighting and CO2 refrigeration systems.

Store design elements focus on “freshness, a key priority for Metro stores, according to the company. For instance, it has more than 100 ready-to-eat meals prepared by on-site chefs using fresh products available every day in the “Fresh to Go” aisle.

The food market also includes an Aki Sushi and an Aki Thai counter offering a selection of high-end sushi, as well as Thai dishes prepared in-store.

There are also six self-checkouts and the store will soon offer double electric vehicle charging stations for customers.


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