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Rexall to buy Shoppers

The Sechelt Rexall Store will look very similar to the one in Chatham, Ont. once the paperwork is finalized for the purchase of Shoppers Drug Mart in Trail Bay Mall.

Although the sale has yet to be finalized, Rexall has been given approval by the Competition Bureau of Canada to purchase the Sechelt Shoppers Drug Mart store. Rexall spokesperson Derek Tupling said the goal is to finalize the paperwork and take over the store “early next year.”

As per the Competition Bureau rules, the new store must provide the same kinds of goods and services as Shoppers currently offers in Sechelt.

“The goal is to continue the same level of service,” Tupling noted.

Prescriptions currently on file with Shoppers will be transferred over to Rexall once the sale is finalized.

While customers shouldn’t notice much of a difference in their shopping experience, employees may be negatively affected by the sale.

When asked if the current employees will be kept on staff, Tupling would only say, “We will work with all of the employees to ensure a smooth process.”

The new store will not be able to honour Shoppers Drug Mart points, so locals should use up their points soon, or alternatively points can be redeemed at another Shoppers Drug Mart off-Coast once Rexall moves in.

Rexall is Canada’s second largest drugstore chain.

“Whether it’s new programs or services for patients, or healthier products for customers to choose from, our goal for every person that walks through the doors of our stores is to make it easy for them to feel good,” Rexall chief operating officer Warren Jeffery said.

In March of this year the commissioner of competition ruled that Loblaw Companies Ltd. controlled too much of the market, holding both Extra Foods and Shoppers Drug Mart in Sechelt, and ordered Loblaws to sell Shoppers.

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