London Drugs lends helping hand local small businesses

London Drugs lends helping hand local small businesses

London Drugs is hoping to help small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The company is offering up shelf space in select stores to local small businesses that have fallen on hard times during the pandemic, or seen their doors close because of it.

“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 chief operating officer of London Drugs.

“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.”

According to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, only 21 per cent of small businesses are open during the pandemic and 50 per cent are unsure whether they will survive.

London Drugs is trying to help, transforming its central aisles into a Local Central, a place dedicated to helping local businesses sell their products.

“Whether you sell coffee, local honey, or your restaurant’s graphic T-shirts, London Drugs is here to help,” Mahlman said.

Small business owners can visit to learn if their products qualify and apply to be part of the Local Central initiative.