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Shelf space opened for small businesses to sell products at London Drugs

Last Updated May 5, 2020 at 7:17 am PDT

FILE - London Drugs on Broadway near Cambie in Vancouver. (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130)

Small businesses in western Canada apply to sell their products at select London Drugs stores

London Drugs is an essential service and will stay open throughout the pandemic

Applications can be submitted online

RICHMOND (NEWS 1130) — For small businesses forced to close during the pandemic, London Drugs has made room on its shelves to sell local products.

As of Tuesday, small businesses in western Canada can submit an application for their products to be considered for the drug store’s shelves.

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

“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. As an essential service, we are here to help our local small businesses while also providing an opportunity for customers to pick up their favourite local items and support their favourite local companies.”

In some London Drug stores, an aisle will be dedicated to featuring products from these small businesses.

Due to the pandemic, only 21 per cent of small businesses in Canada are fully operational, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. Half of businesses are unsure if they’ll be able to survive.

Since London Drugs is considered an essential service, its doors will stay open.

There are a few rules to the application, such as items must be physical and can’t be frozen or refrigerated. Tobacco, cannabis, and alcohol products aren’t allowed either.

To submit an application, click here.