99¢ Only Stores® Joins the Worldwide Earth Day Celebration by Promoting the Use of Reusable Bags

Apr 22, 2009

CITY OF COMMERCE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--99¢ Only Stores® (NYSE:NDN) will help support Earth Day 2009 by promoting the use of reusable bags to consumers while shopping at its 275 stores. The stores offer reusable bags for 99.99 cents in convenient sizes and assorted colors to accommodate all shopping needs.

“While we recognize that consumers come to our stores for great values, we want them to know that we offer savings on eco-friendly products. As we move forward, we are excited to bring more environmentally friendly products at exceptional values. We believe our stores can be successful in promoting environmental awareness and a cost saving message to the mainstream consumer,” said Eric Schiffer, CEO of 99¢ Only Stores.

As a retail business, the company recognizes the importance of taking part in sustainability efforts. 99¢ Only Stores has been a longtime major retail participant of “A Day without a Bag,” an annual event organized by Heal the Bay, a nonprofit, environmental organization that urges consumers to forgo one-use plastic or paper grocery bags in favor of reusable bags. As part of its commitment to help educate consumers on environmentally friendly alternatives, the company is piloting a reusable bag program in a selected number of stores to incentivize customers to use reusable bags versus plastic bags. The company has donated over 9,999 reusable bags to consumers within the last two years.

In addition, to promote better environmental practices, the company has implemented a reverse logistics program in all of its stores and distribution centers for recycling and/or re-use of materials including cardboard boxes, plastic packaging items, plastic wrap, plastic bags, plastic crates, bread trays and wood pallets which are either sent back to recycling centers or put back into use again.

The company continues to focus on implementing environmentally friendly programs to help raise awareness of social and environmental issues in communities. Visit the company’s website for more information on the reverse logistics program at www.99only.com/99green.

About 99¢ Only Stores®

Founded over 25 years ago, 99¢ Only Stores® currently operates 275 extreme value retail stores consisting of 200 in California, 38 in Texas, 25 in Arizona and 12 in Nevada. 99¢ Only Stores® emphasizes quality name-brand consumables, priced at an excellent value, in convenient, attractively merchandised stores. Over 50% of the company’s product mix consists of food and beverage including produce, dairy, deli and frozen foods, along with fresh baked goods and gourmet foods. The Company’s New York Stock Exchange symbol is NDN.

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For further information: 99¢ Only Stores®, City of Commerce Elsy Guardado, 323-881-5785