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Shoppers Drug Mart founder passes away


Murray Koffler, the visionary and highly regarded founder of Shoppers Drug Mart (SDM), passed away on November 5 at the age of 93.

Koffler, a noted philanthropist, founded the SDM concept in 1961, 20 years after taking over his father’s two Toronto pharmacies at the age of 17, following his father’s death.

He graduated from the Ontario College of Pharmacy in 1946, and in 1956 opened his first retail drugstore in a shopping centre.

He is survived by Marvelle, his wife of 67 years, his five children and many grandchildren

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