London Drugs welcomed customers into its newly renovated store on Friday. The store will continue celebrating its grand re-opening throughout the weekend. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)

London Drugs celebrates the completion of renovations

New walk-in medical clinic in the store

London Drugs officially reopened on Friday after an extensive renovation that includes the addition of a medical clinic.

The new walk-in medical clinic, which is currently accepting new patients, makes non-urgent health care services more accessible for Red Deer residents who may not have a family physician or are unable to get in to see them quickly.

Clint Mahlman, London Drugs president and chief operating officer, said having doctors and pharmacists working together is the future of health care in Alberta.

“A lot of times in Alberta, it may not be understood that you’re actually at the leading forefront in Canada of the practises of pharmacy that allow Albertans to have better access to health care than any other province,” Mahlman said.

The entirely redesigned and expanded 34,533-square-foot store features an open concept layout and improved shopping experience in every department.

“What we’ve heard from customers so far is they really like the open feeling in our tech area and our beauty area, and the wider aisles to get around,” Mahlman said.

This year marks 37 years for London Drugs in Red Deer.

“We are excited to celebrate the newly renovated store with our customers and the community,” said store manager Brian Ozga.

“It has always been a priority for us to make a positive difference in terms of health care, charity and sustainability, and we’re proud to continue to serve this great community that has supported us for so many years.”

As part of its continuing support for the community, London Drugs donated $5,000 to the Red Deer Food Bank on Friday.

The grand opening celebration continues through the weekend to June 3 with deals throughout the store.

On Saturday, London Drugs is “bringing the ocean to the Prairies” with a unique mobile education experience put on by the Vancouver Aquarium.

The AquaVan will be onsite from noon until 4 p.m. featuring live animals, marine artifacts and hands-on interactive activities designed to encourage stewardship of our oceans and waterways.

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