DALLAS, June 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE: ADS), a leading provider of loyalty and marketing solutions derived from transaction-rich data, today announced its Canadian coalition loyalty business signed a new cross- Canada, long-term agreement with Sobeys, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited, a Canadian company with annual sales in excess of CA$19 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, Sobeys-owned banners in Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Western Canada and northwestern Ontario remain sponsors in the AIR MILES® Reward Program. The new cross- Canada agreement replaces previous agreements with Sobeys, a sponsor in Atlantic Canada since 2001 and its Quebec banners, including IGA since 1999, as well as Canada Safeway, a sponsor in western Canada and northwestern Ontario since 1992 that was recently acquired by Sobeys. In addition, other Sobeys-owned banners in western Canada will also issue AIR MILES reward miles beginning in the fall of 2014.
With more than a hundred years in the Canadian grocery industry, Sobeys is one of only two national grocery retailers in Canada, and owns or franchises more than 1,500 stores under several retail banners in all 10 Canadian provinces. Under the terms of the agreement, Sobeys will bring the AIR MILES Reward Program to Sobeys, IGA, Thrifty Foods and Sobeys Liquor stores in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba in the fall of 2014, and will continue the partnership in Safeway and Safeway Wine and Spirits stores across the west and locations in Northwestern Ontario. The AIR MILES Reward Program also continues at IGA, IGA Extra, Marche Bonichoix, Les Marches Tradition and Rachelle-Bery in Quebec; and at Sobeys, Foodland and Lawtons Drugs in Atlantic Canada. Current loyalty programs in Sobeys' western Canada stores and associated co-branded credit card products will transition to the AIR MILES Reward Program in the fall of 2014, with an anticipated increase in the number of new AIR MILES collectors enrolling in the AIR MILES Reward Program. Collectors will also be able to redeem their reward miles for AIR MILES Cash, the Program's instant redemption feature, at select Sobeys banner stores where reward miles are issued.