DALLAS, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE: ADS), a leading provider of loyalty and marketing solutions derived from transaction-rich data, today announced that RONA, a $6 billion (CDN) Canadian retailer and distributor of hardware, home renovation and gardening products, has expanded its relationship with Alliance Data's Canadian AIR MILES(R) Reward Program. A subsidiary of RONA, Reno-Depot, will now offer Air Miles Reward Miles to customers including do-it-yourself renovators and professionals throughout 15 Reno-Depot big-box stores in the province of Quebec, which represents 20 percent of RONA's 76 big-box retail stores across Canada. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20051024/ADSLOGO ) The AIR MILES Reward Program is Canada's premier coalition loyalty program with approximately two-thirds of Canadian households actively collecting reward miles. AIR MILES collectors earn reward miles at more than 100 leading brand-name sponsors representing thousands of retail and service locations across Canada. AIR MILES reward miles can be redeemed for more than 800 different rewards, such as travel, movie passes, entertainment attractions, electronic merchandise and more. "We are very pleased to now introduce the AIR MILES program in our Reno- Depot stores," said Pierre Dandoy, executive vice president, RONA. "Through the AIR MILES program, we are addressing the needs of our customers by delivering a highly valued offering that appeals to the breadth of our Reno- Depot customer base." "As a founding AIR MILES Reward Program sponsor, RONA has been an integral part of our business for more than 15 years. This expansion demonstrates our ongoing commitment to growing our business through organic growth with existing partners as well as by identifying new categories and geographies," said Bryan Pearson, president, Alliance Data Loyalty Services. "This agreement further solidifies our long-term relationship with RONA as well as our presence in the highly competitive home improvement category in Quebec." About Alliance Data Alliance Data (NYSE: ADS) is a leading provider of marketing, loyalty and transaction services, managing over 120 million consumer relationships for some of North America's most recognizable companies. Using transaction-rich data, Alliance Data creates and manages customized solutions that change consumer behavior and that enable its clients to create and enhance customer loyalty to build stronger, mutually beneficial relationships with their customers. Headquartered in Dallas, Alliance Data employs over 9,000 associates at more than 60 locations worldwide. Alliance Data's brands include AIR MILES(R), North America's premier coalition loyalty program, and Epsilon(R), a leading provider of multi-channel, data-driven technologies and marketing services. For more information about the company, visit its website, www.AllianceData.com. About RENO-DEPOT RENO-DEPOT is a subsidiary of RONA. It has a network of 15 big-box stores in Quebec and is serving do-it-yourself renovators and professionals. RONA Inc. is the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, home renovation and gardening products. RONA operates a network of 671 corporate, franchise and affiliate stores of various sizes and formats. With over 26,000 employees working under its family of banners in every region of Canada and more than 14 million square feet of retail space, the RONA store network now generates close to $6 billion in annual retail sales. 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