London Drugs offers up shelf space to small businesses impacted by coronavirus

Apr 29 2020, 6:17 pm

London Drugs is offering up shelf space to small businesses in Western Canada impacted by COVID-19.

The company announced Wednesday that it will be offering up shelf space in select stores to local small businesses that have had to close their doors due to the coronavirus.

Many small businesses have been hit hard by the pandemic, with some Canadian small businesses unsure if they’ll ever reopen.

“Beginning today, small businesses in Western Canada are welcome to submit products for consideration,” said a release from the company.

“As an essential service, London Drugs stores are open and have the ability to help small businesses that have had to close their retail stores, stay afloat.”

In select stores, the company will be transforming its centre aisles into “Local Central,” a dedicated space to help local businesses sell their products.

“This is a really hard time for many small businesses, and we are in a unique position in these challenging times where we can really help out,” said Clint Mahlman, president and COO of London Drugs.

“As a 75-year-old Canadian owned and operated company, we have always supported fellow Canadian businesses and now is the time more than ever, to come together. As an essential service, we are here to help our local small businesses while also providing an opportunity for customers to pick up their favourite local items and support their favourite local companies.”

Small businesses can check online to see if their products qualify, and then apply to be apart of “London Drugs Local Central.”

“Whether you sell coffee, local honey, or your restaurant’s graphic T-shirts, London Drugs is here to help,” said Mahlman.

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