Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Loblaw Companies Limited, is the licensor of full-service retail drug stores operating under the name Shoppers Drug Mart® (Pharmaprix® in Québec). Founded in 1962 by Toronto pharmacist Murray Koffler, the Company has grown to a network of more than 1,307 Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix stores across Canada. These conveniently located stores are owned and operated by the Company’s licensed Associate-owners who have helped build a brand that is synonymous with exceptional service, value and trust. The Company also licenses or owns more than 49 medical clinic pharmacies operating under the name Shoppers Simply Pharmacy® (Pharmaprix Simplement Santé® in Québec) and five luxury beauty destinations operating as Murale™.
Shoppers Drug Mart has successfully leveraged its leadership position in pharmacy and its convenient store locations to capture a significant share of the market in front store merchandise, including over-the-counter medications, health and beauty aids, cosmetics and fragrances, seasonal products and everyday household essentials.
As well, the Company owns and operates 56 Shoppers Home Health Care® stores, which are engaged in the sale and service of assisted-living devices, medical equipment, home-care products and durable mobility equipment to institutional and retail customers. In addition to its retail store network, the Company owns Shoppers Drug Mart Specialty Health Network Inc., a provider of specialty drug distribution, pharmacy and comprehensive patient support services, and MediSystem Technologies Inc., a provider of pharmaceutical products and services to long-term care facilities.
Shoppers Drug Mart was founded in 1962 by Toronto pharmacist, Murray Koffler. He believed that it was possible to build a national organization of pharmacies without sacrificing the personalized service of the local community pharmacist. With that in mind, he created the Associate Concept, which provides individual pharmacists with the opportunity to combine independent business ownership, professional practice and cooperative services under one brand, with the support of a corporate entity. This vision continues to be the cornerstone of Shoppers Drug Mart and the Associate-owners have helped build a brand that is synonymous with exceptional service, value and trust.
The first Shoppers Drug Mart store opened in Toronto, Ontario and was innovative in that it combined mass merchandising and self-service into a retail pharmacy format. Over the past 50 years, the retail format has continued to evolve and the Company’s drug store network has grown through acquisitions and new construction, helping Shoppers Drug Mart become Canada’s leading drug store retailer. Today, there are more than 1,307 Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix stores across the country. In 2014 Loblaw Companies Limited acquired Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation for $12.4 billion in cash and stock.
Private label brands have always been an integral part of our merchandise offering and we are committed to providing our customers with new and exciting products to meet their ever-changing wants and needs. Here are just a few of the private label brands we offer.
First introduced in 1999, Quo has become a must-have in the cosmetic bags of many Canadian women. A trusted cosmetics brand that consistently delivers innovative designs and on-trend palettes at affordable prices, Quo offers everything from colour cosmetics for the face, lips and eyes as well as a line of implements and professional application tools.
Life Brand was created in 1962 after recognizing a need for high-quality private label alternatives for customers and patients of Shoppers Drug Mart. Today, there are over 2,000 Life Brand products within the health categories including over the counter medications, vitamins, first aid and oral care items.
SANIS is a line of high-quality generic drug products designed to increase dispensing efficiency, reduce the probability of medication errors to enhance patient safety.