ALBERTA, Nov. 29, 2013 /CNW/ - This Saturday, November 30th, another milestone will be reached in keeping with High River's vision
of reopening for business after the June floods with the grand opening
of Shoppers Drug Mart's location. In addition, the Company will also
reopen the Shoppers Drug Mart store in the flood-impacted Mission
neighbourhood this Saturday. Both events will feature special guests
including municipal, provincial and federal leaders.
"Shoppers Drug Mart is an important part of the Town of High River and
its reopening is a call for celebration," says Rick Fraser, Associate
Minister for Recovery and Reconstruction of High River and MLA for
Calgary-South East. "This opening shows how far this community has come
since the flood this summer and it signifies another step in the town's
journey to recovery."
"Getting our businesses back up and running is a vital step for our
communities in recovering from the June floods - the worst disaster in
our province's history," says Kyle Fawcett, Associate Minister for
Recovery and Reconstruction of Southwest Alberta and MLA for Calgary.
"I offer my congratulations to Shoppers Drug Mart on this milestone
Shoppers Drug Mart supported the relief efforts for those impacted by
the flood in conjunction with the Canadian Red Cross, donating cash and
emergency supplies valued in excess of $120,000. Additionally, close to
28 million Shoppers Optimum points were donated by customers, which
were in turn matched by the Company.
"I am so proud of the way our Shoppers Drug Mart Associate-owners, their
store teams and our customers mobilized to support those in need during
and after the floods," said Domenic Pilla, President & CEO, Shoppers
Drug Mart. "Whether it meant working in another store outside of their
community or delivering prescriptions to patients who were immobile,
their efforts truly impacted those in need."
As part of their commitment to their communities, local Shoppers Drug
Mart Associate-owners and their store teams worked together to ensure
residents had access to the prescription medications they needed during
the very difficult time. In fact, Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacists
provided close to 6,000 emergency prescriptions for those living in
areas impacted by the flooding.
At the height of the floods, nine Shoppers Drug Mart stores were closed
throughout Southern Alberta. As a result of the hard work and
dedication of Associate-owners and their employees, the Company was
able to reopen all but two within a matter of days. Those employees who
were displaced by the closures were offered work within other Shoppers
Drug Mart Associate-owned stores.
Starting at 9:10 a.m. the Mission store will host Domenic Pilla, Hon.
Kyle Fawcett, MP Joan Crockatt, MLA Kent Hehr and Deputy Mayor
Gian-Carlo Carra, and a special Tree of Life cheque presentation will
be made in support of women's health in Calgary. In High River, Pilla
will be joined by the Mayor of High River Craig Snodgrass, Hon. Rick
Fraser and Ian Donovan, Wildrose MLA for Little Bow for its celebratory
reopening beginning at 1:10 p.m. where a cheque presentation will be
made to Rowan House.
"I am so proud of the way my team has worked to get us back on our feet
and to do what we do best, meeting the best in health, beauty and
convenience ," said Parveen Gill, Shoppers Drug Mart Associate-owner,
"It means so much to me and to the Town of High River to have our store
and our pharmacy fully functional again," said Shoppers Drug Mart
Associate-owner, High River, Neil Jowsey.
Residents are invited to celebrate the grand reopening of both Shoppers
Drug Mart locations on Saturday, November 30th and take part in a variety of activities and specials. In addition to
limited time offers, the two stores will have draws for $25 Shoppers
Drug Mart Gift Cards, offer complimentary makeovers and skin analysis
with Beauty Advisors and the first 400 customers at both stores will
receive a free mini Shoppers Drug Mart Eco-Bag filled with corporate
About Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation
Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation is one of the most recognized and trusted
names in Canadian retailing. The Company is the licensor of
full-service retail drug stores operating under the name Shoppers Drug
Mart (Pharmaprix in Québec). With 1,246 Shoppers Drug Mart and
Pharmaprix stores operating in prime locations in each province and two
territories, the Company is one of the most convenient retailers
in Canada. The Company also licenses or owns 55 medical clinic
pharmacies operating under the name Shoppers Simply Pharmacy
(Pharmaprix Simplement Santé in Québec) and six luxury beauty
destinations operating as Murale. As well, the Company owns and
operates 62 Shoppers Home Health Care stores, making it the largest
Canadian retailer of home health care products and services. In
addition to its retail store network, the Company owns Shoppers Drug
Mart Specialty Health Network Inc., a provider of specialty drug
distribution, pharmacy and comprehensive patient support services; and
MediSystem Technologies Inc., a provider of pharmaceutical products and
services to long-term care facilities.
For more information, visit www.shoppersdrugmart.ca.
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