The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc.
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The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc.

October 26, 2006 09:00 ET

A New Payment Method at PJC Jean Coutu: A First in Canada!

LONGUEUIL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 26, 2006) - The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. (TSX:PJC.A) is very pleased to announce that, as of October 28, 2006, AIR MILES® Collectors will be able to use their reward miles to pay directly for their purchases. This new service will be available exclusively at all PJC Jean Coutu stores in Quebec and New Brunswick.

"We are very proud to be the first Canadian company, member of the AIR MILES coalition, to offer this privilege to its customers. This initiative, exclusive to our network, is in keeping with our vision and demonstrates our focus to providing value-added benefits to our clientele" said Francois J. Coutu, President of Canadian Operations of The Jean Coutu Group.

Clients of PJC Jean Coutu stores, members of the AIR MILES Reward Program, will now be able to pay for their purchases using their AIR MILES reward miles in store. A minimum transaction of $20 is required or 160 reward miles. Each instalment of $5 will equal 40 reward miles that will be deducted from the Collector's AIR MILES account. The amounts in excess, that cannot be divided by $5, can be paid by any other traditional method of payment accepted by the store.

Do you have your PIN?

Clients who wish to take advantage of this new payment method will have to present their AIR MILES Collector card and provide their AIR MILES Personal ID Number (PIN). Collectors can set-up their PIN at www.airmiles.ca or by phone at 1 888 AIR MILES.

AIR MILES: one of the most important loyalty program in Canada

The AIR MILES Reward Program is Canada's premier coalition loyalty program. More than 9 million active Collector accounts, representing approximately two-thirds of all Canadian households, actively participate in the Program. At PJC Jean Coutu stores, more than 50 % of sales are attributed to AIR MILES Collectors.

About The Jean Coutu Group

The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. is the fourth largest drugstore chain in North America and the second largest in both the Eastern United States and Canada. The company and its combined network of 2,186 corporate and franchised drugstores (under the banners of Brooks and Eckerd Pharmacy, PJC Jean Coutu, PJC Clinique and PJC Sante Beaute) employ more than 61,000 people.

The Jean Coutu Group's U.S. operations employ 46,000 people and comprise 1,859 corporate owned stores located in 18 states of the Northeastern, mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States. The Jean Coutu Group's Canadian operations and franchised drugstores in its network employ over 15,000 people and comprise 327 PJC Jean Coutu franchised stores in Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario.

Contact Information

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    Helene Bisson
    Director, Public Relations
    450-646-9611, ext. 1165
    www.jeancoutu.com