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London Drugs clearing shelf space for Western Canada small businesses to sell their goods

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London Drugs is clearing some shelf space in select stores to give local small businesses the chance to sell their goods.

The company says any small business in Western Canada that has had to close due to COVID-19 can submit products for consideration.

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London Drugs clears shelf space for small businesses to sell goods – Apr 29, 2020

“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,” Clint Mahlman, president and COO of London Drugs, said in a release.

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“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.”

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London Drugs is an essential service and stores remain open.

In select locations, the company will be transforming its centre aisles into a space to help local businesses sell their products.

Small business owners can apply online to learn if their products qualify. Some rules and restrictions apply.

Customers are also welcome to tag local businesses that they think could benefit from the initiative on London Drugs’ social media posts.

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London Drugs has not yet decided on exact locations where this initiative will be taking place but say the focus will be on the bigger cities such as Vancouver, Calgary, Victoria, Edmonton, Regina and Saskatoon.

However, it will also be open to smaller communities if there is the demand and the need.