Changes afoot with Shoppers

Less than an hour after taking a spin through the new Shoppers Drug Mart in Murrayville on Friday, I learned that the company will be purchased by Loblaw Companies.

You may recall that Loblaw announced its intent to buy Shoppers for $12.4 billion last July. The competition bureau gave the go ahead – with conditions – late last week.

Anyway, all this big corporate wheeling and dealings leaves me wondering what it’s going to mean to our local stores – including this newest Shoppers.

I guess only time will tell, but we’ve seen a new Shoppers open in Brookswood and more recently in Willoughby. Now in Murrayville.

We’ve also seen Loblaw increase its presence locally in recent years. Independent opened in the same Willoughby mall as a new Shoppers, and No Frills opened a while back in the Langley Mall. Plus, we have Loblaw’s Superstore and Extra Foods locally. Hmmm?

By the way, Shoppers isn’t new to Murrayville. This was relocation of an existing store.

It’s a move – literally across the street – to newer and much larger (16,000 square feet) digs for pharmacist Geoff Beamiss and his team.

“We are very excited to introduce the people of Langley to this new Shoppers Drug Mart,” said Beamiss, who closed up the old store next to Marketplace IGA on Wednesday evening, opened the doors on the new facilities Thursday morning, and held a grand opening party on Saturday.

Congrats Geoff. Now, let’s see who joins him in this new mall.

Township Mayor Jack Froese, along with fire chief Stephen Gamble, were in attendance, taking part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday.

The new store, located at 22196 50th Ave. is open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, and will serve customers and patients with a team of about 45 skilled staff from the local community. 

“Our services and product offerings will allow our team of pharmacy professionals, beauty experts and front store staff to better accommodate the needs of our patients and customers,” said Beamiss.

 â€œWe offer a variety of pharmacy services, including medication reviews, compliance packs, diabetes and arthritis education as well as injection services. We are confident that with this new store we will be a greater trusted resource in fulfilling the everyday health, beauty and convenience needs of our community.”

Preventing fraud

Identity theft continues to be a huge concern in today’s society, but it’s preventable.

To help minimize the risk, Envision Financial is once again hosting a shredding event this Saturday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 6470 201st St. 

The shredding of documents is offered in exchange for a food or cash donation to Envision’s charity effort – The Full Cupboard.

The Full Cupboard is the credit union’s signature community program designed to raise food, funds and awareness for local food banks. Through this innovative program, Envision Financial has committed to raising at least $1 million for local food banks over the next 10 years.

In recognition of National Fraud Prevention Month, Envision Financial is partnering with Iron Mountain and the Langley RCMP to host this shredding event.

Members of the public are invited to bring their documentation to the Envision Financial regional office in Langley, where Iron Mountain will provide onsite secure paper shredding by donation.

The Langley RCMP will also be on hand to provide fraud awareness information to the public.

“Identity theft continues to be a big concern and being proactive in shredding your confidential documents is one of the easiest and most effective ways to protect yourself,” said Jaime Lord, senior investigator for corporate security at Envision Financial.

“At Envision Financial, we’re committed to making a meaningful difference in the financial lives of our members and in our local communities, so we’re thrilled to be able to work with such great community partners to offer this service,” Lord said.

“Identity theft is one of the fastest and most lucrative crimes in Canada,” added Langley RCMP Cpl. Holly Marks. “Yet, it is often a preventable crime. By shredding your personal information, you’re taking a proactive approach to safeguarding your personal information. Fraudsters are all around us, so we encourage everyone to take the time to come to this community shredding event and take advantage of this great opportunity if they’re able.”

Iron Mountain is looking forward to supporting this important community shredding event in support of The Full Cupboard, said Iron Mountain’s Sandra Davidge.

“Our partnership with Envision Financial and the Langley RCMP offers Langley residents a great opportunity to shred their private and confidential information through a secure site, while supporting an important community cause. We hope to see lots of people there,” she said.

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