Shoppers Drug Mart celebrates reopening of stores impacted by flood in Alberta

ALBERTA — Canadian pharmacy retailer Shoppers Drug Mart celebrated, along with politicians and community members, the reopening of Shoppers Drug Mart stores in major flood-impacted zones in Alberta.

Both events, held in High River and Mission, featured special guests, including municipal, provincial and federal leaders.

"Shoppers Drug Mart is an important part of the Town of High River, and its reopening is a call for celebration," said Rick Fraser, associate minister for recovery and reconstruction of High River and MLA for Calgary-South East. "This opening shows how far this community has come since the flood this summer, and it signifies another step in the town's journey to recovery."

"Getting our businesses back up and running is a vital step for our communities in recovering from the June floods — the worst disaster in our province's history," said Kyle Fawcett, associate minister for recovery and reconstruction of Southwest Alberta and MLA for Calgary. "I offer my congratulations to Shoppers Drug Mart on this milestone day."

Shoppers Drug Mart supported the relief efforts for those impacted by the flood in conjunction with the Canadian Red Cross, donating cash and emergency supplies valued in excess of $120,000. In addition, close to 28 million Shoppers Optimum points were donated by customers, which were, in turn, matched by the company.

"I am so proud of the way our Shoppers Drug Mart Associate-owners, their store teams and our customers mobilized to support those in need during and after the floods," said Domenic Pilla, president and CEO of Shoppers Drug Mart. "Whether it meant working in another store outside of their community or delivering prescriptions to patients who were immobile, their efforts truly impacted those in need."

Local Shoppers Drug Mart associate-owners and their store teams worked together to ensure residents had access to the prescription medications they needed during the difficult time. In fact, Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacists provided close to 6,000 emergency prescriptions for those living in areas impacted by the flooding.

At the height of the floods, nine Shoppers Drug Mart stores were closed throughout Southern Alberta. The company was able to reopen all but two within a matter of days. Those employees who were displaced by the closures were offered work within other Shoppers Drug Mart associate-owned stores.

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