March 26, 2008 13:30 ET

RONA How-To Team Helps Build Halifax

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - March 26, 2008) - RONA inc. (TSX:RON), the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, renovation and gardening products, is helping two local charities build stronger communities in the Halifax Regional Municipality. Members of the RONA How-To Team are strapping on their tool-belts and rolling up their sleeves today at Phoenix Youth Programs and the Boys and Girls Club of Spryfield.

Since early this morning, two teams from RONA have been working on a variety of projects for the charities. Projects include building a sound barrier for the Boys and Girls Club's music area, painting and creating other storage solutions for the club. At Phoenix, the RONA How-To Team is taking on numerous projects, including repairing shelving, doors, walls, steps and furniture. All building and finishing material used by the How-To Team is donated by RONA.

"RONA is committed to the development of communities around Canada," said Halifax store manager, Jamie AuCoin. "As we're getting ready to open the doors to our new store here in Halifax, we are happy to be taking an active role in helping local organizations with some of their renovation and construction projects."

"This opportunity couldn't have come at a better time," says Darlene MacLean, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Spryfield. "We've recently started a music program, complete with electric guitars and a drum kit, and we really needed a barrier to keep down the sound. RONA was able to build a wall for us, and take on other much-needed projects in the rest of the club. And more importantly, they have supported us in our efforts to give youth confidence and skills for life."

The Spryfield Boys & Girls Club offers a variety programs that benefit the interests, safety, and development of our youth aged six to 12. Programs include after school and walk-home programs, music, sports, fine arts, healthy eating and body image, home work help, and junior leader training. The club is located in the upper level of the Spryfield Lion's Rink.

"With a focus on programming, it's sometimes difficult for us to keep up with the large number of fix-it projects in our various facilities," said Daphne Carter, Fundraising Manager for Phoenix Youth Programs. "The RONA How-To Team was the perfect answer for us. It gave us the opportunity to get some much needed projects accomplished and to focus on what we do best - supporting at-risk and homeless youth and giving them the tools they need to improve their lives and make meaningful changes."

Phoenix is a non-profit, community-based organization, offering at-risk and homeless youth ages 16 to 24 the opportunity to break the cycle of homelessness and find a path from the street. Since its inception in 1987, it has developed an extensive variety of programs, services and facilities, including a walk-in centre for youth, a youth shelter and longer term residential housing including Phoenix House and an independent living program.

RONA will open its first big-box store in Nova Scotia on April 2 at 350 Horseshoe Lake Drive, Bayer's Lake. This will add to RONA's Atlantic Canada network of 24 stores. The opening of the Halifax RONA store represents a $20 million investment in the community and will create 150 jobs.

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RONA is the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, home renovation and gardening products. RONA operates a network of close to 680 corporate, franchise and affiliate stores of various sizes and formats. With over 27,000 employees working under its family of banners in every region of Canada and more than 15 million square feet of retail space, the RONA store network generates over $6.2 billion in annual retail sales. Visit

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