London Drugs will be expanding its Local Central program to help support local restaurants in Western Canada by selling their consumer packaged products at its retail locations.
Any restaurants with special items for retail sale such as sauces, jams, rubs and apparel are encouraged to submit them for consideration to be stocked and sold through London Drugs.
“The collateral damage to small businesses created by the pandemic has been devastating and, the restaurant industry — particularly those small and locally-owned — have sustained one of the heaviest blows,” says Clint Mahlman, president and COO of London Drugs. “As a company, we want to offer any support we can to restaurateurs and businesses in our communities right now, and we know our customers do too.”
London Drugs launched its Local Central program in April 2020 to offer shelf space to businesses impacted by COVID-19. Since its launch the program has supported 100 local businesses.
“The last year has pushed local businesses – including London Drugs – to become incredibly nimble. One of the most public ways this has played out has been in the quick response of local restaurants and businesses to sudden closures and evolving distancing measures. With the Local Central program already in place, we are in a unique position to offer support quickly,” says Mahlman.