May 1, 2014 1:07 pm

Loblaw to test hot foods in Shoppers Drug Mart this year

Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX: L) chairman Galen G. Weston says the company will be testing whether there is demand for produce and ready-to-go foods at some Shoppers locations this year.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy

TORONTO – The head of Canada’s largest supermarket chain says hot and fresh foods could soon be coming to a Shoppers Drug Mart near you.

Loblaw Companies Ltd. chairman Galen G. Weston says the company will be testing whether there is demand for produce and ready-to-go foods at some Shoppers locations this year.

Weston told shareholders at Loblaw’s annual general meeting that testing may include fresh foods such as bananas, or small meal items, inside the drugstore chain.

The grocery giant purchased the Shoppers stores last year in a $12.4-billion deal.

Weston said he is also considering using Shoppers stores in Toronto as pickup locations for the company’s “click and collect” pilot project, which will allow consumers to purchase groceries and other items online and pick them up in-store.

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The initiative, which has been popular in the U.K., will be rolled out at some select Loblaws locations by the end of this year.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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