It’s a Vancouver success story. London Drugs launched in 1945 and currently has 81 stores across Western Canada.
Earlier this year it was confirmed that Dunbar residents will no longer have to leave the neighbourhood to shop at London Drugs; Vancouver’s new store is situated across from Dunbar Theatre on the former site of Stong’s Market.
Edwin Chang is the general manager of the Dunbar store. He’s been working out of his new office since March and is getting a strong sense of this tight knit community.
He is aware of the buzz in the community and says, “When I go out for a coffee I wear my lanyard. I meet people who are very positive and excited that London Drugs is coming to the village.”
Edwin has a long history with the company; he got his start 25 years ago when he was a student. Since then he has been involved with many stores in different facets.
The store’s soft opening takes place mid to late June; the grand opening will take place July 5.
Clint Mahlman, president and chief operating officer comments, “It is with great pride that we are able to expand to serve more residents with the professional services, courteous care and high-quality products our customers expect of London Drugs.”
What can customers expect from their local store? The footprint is 14,000 square feet and contains all of the departments found in larger London Drugs. Any larger items that aren’t carried in store can be ordered in for pick up. The smaller photo department can make prints, and photo-gifting services are sent out to a larger full lab.
The technology department will be an open layout displaying a variety of products for all home and office needs; a simple tech shopping experience with superior products and expert advice standing by to help. Skilled and knowledgeable staff will be available in the new computer, audio visual and photo electronics departments with on-the-spot customer service.
Additional highlights include a new cosmetic department layout featuring many luxury brands new to London Drugs and a comprehensive general merchandise area with extensive unique food and beverage options.
In a unique pairing, adjacent to the drugstore is the new Highroads Medical Clinic.
“Opening this new location together with the Highroads Medical Clinic provides residents with direct access to physicians, pharmacy staff, and health care services all in one convenient and professional environment,” says Edwin.
The pharmacy includes an expanded consultation area and private consultation room where customers can schedule appointments with certified injection pharmacists. Pharmacists provide flu vaccinations, diabetes management programs, chronic disease management, screening and prevention clinics, medication reviews and more.
London Drugs takes pride in community involvement.
“We look forward to reaching out to the Dunbar Village Business Association and participating in local events,” says Edwin.
Concern about the planet’s welfare is growing. Impressively, London Drugs has been doing its part for 10 years to help divert 113 million pounds (equivalent to 50 Olympic swimming pools!) of materials from landfills including computers and electronics, small appliances, cell phones, batteries and Styrofoam.
In addition, any packaging from a product purchased at London Drugs (such as the box and Styrofoam from a big screen television to a small shampoo bottle), can be returned to be responsibly recycled. Visit www.thegreendeal.ca website to learn about the company’s sustainability efforts.
Edwin says, “We might seem like a big retailer but customers can expect the feel of a smaller store where they are known by name.”
When asked what he is most looking forward to Edwin concludes, “I am most excited about London Drugs being part of this community.”
We wish you a warm welcome to Dunbar village, London Drugs!
London Drugs #088
4560 Dunbar Street, Vancouver BC V6S 2G6