METRO PLANS EXPANSION

MONTREAL -- Canadian supermarket and drug store operator Metro here plans to spend $121.5 million this year to open, expand, or renovate 30 stores in Quebec and Ontario. It sees bigger stores and a better selection as key in competing against Wal-Mart Canada, Loblaw and other competitors.In addition, the company may consider expansion in Ontario via an acquisition, said Pierre Lessard, president,

MONTREAL -- Canadian supermarket and drug store operator Metro here plans to spend $121.5 million this year to open, expand, or renovate 30 stores in Quebec and Ontario. It sees bigger stores and a better selection as key in competing against Wal-Mart Canada, Loblaw and other competitors.

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