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MEC announces next new 'green' store in Burlington

Jun '07
Mountain Equipment Co-op(MEC), Canada's leading outdoor retailer, will open its next new store in Burlington, Ontario, in 2008.

Located just south of the Queen Elizabeth Way near the Burlington GO Station at the intersection of Brant Street and Leighland Road, the store will enable the co-operative retailer to better serve its large and growing membership in southwestern Ontario.

"Co-operatives exist to serve their member-owners," said MEC chair Linda Bartlett. "We're delighted about the prospect of serving one of our fastest growing membership areas through a new centrally located and readily accessible store."

CEO Peter Robinson said, "Burlington and the site we've selected are ideal for MEC. Not only is the city the hub of our membership base in southern Ontario, it's also close to numerous outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities. The site itself is accessible by various modes of transportation, highly visible, and it's located in an area of the city that's experiencing regrowth."

MEC has approximately 750,000 members in Ontario. Of these, over 100,000 live within the store trade area - on the west side of Greater Toronto, in or near Burlington, Guelph, Hamilton or London, throughout the Niagara Peninsula and in smaller southwestern Ontario communities.

"We are very excited to welcome Mountain Equipment Co-op to Burlington," said Mayor Cam Jackson. "MEC is an outstanding retailer which perfectly complements our community values of active living and environmental stewardship." Sitting on a 1.8-acre site, the store will total 20,000 square feet in size, with 17,000 feet devoted to retail space and the balance for staff and warehouse space.

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