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CALGARY, ALBERTA– The Forzani Group Ltd. (TSX: FGL; “FGL”) The Forzani Group Ltd. and General Nutrition Centres Company (“GNC”) today announced a partnership that will put GNC performance nutrition boutiques within FGL stores. The first pilot market will be in Calgary, Alberta this fall.
“This is the result of discussions which began in 2008 with the GNC team and is viewed by our company as a key strategic initiative,” said Bob Sartor, CEO of FGL. After the pilot, a full rollout will be planned for 2010.
Gilles Houde, President GNC Canada said, “FGL’s sports performance heritage, along with its national presence and strong market share makes it the ideal partner for our premier brand of performance nutrition products.”
GNC, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., is the largest global specialty retailer of nutritional products including vitamin, mineral, herbal and other specialty supplements and sports nutrition, diet and energy products. As of March 31, 2009, GNC has more than 5,200 retail locations throughout the United States (including 944 franchise and 1,733 Rite Aid store-within-a-store locations) and franchise operations in 44 international markets. GNC — which is dedicated to helping consumers Live Well — also offers products and product information online at www.gnc.com.
The Forzani Group Ltd. is Canada’s largest national retailer of sporting goods, offering a comprehensive assortment of brand-name and private-brand products, operating stores from coast to coast, under the following corporate and franchise banners: Sport Chek, Coast Mountain Sports, Sport Mart, National Sports, Athletes World, Sports Experts, Intersport, Econosports, Atmosphere, Tech Shop/Pegasus, Nevada Bob’s Golf, Hockey Experts, S3 and Fitness Source. FGL also has websites for several of its corporate and franchise banners, which can be accessed through its main website at www.forzani.com.