Shoppers Drug Mart Receives Economic Impact Award

By Bob Peters
March 2, 2012

They say good things come in threes, and Shoppers Drug Mart has certainly shown that to be true with their recent investments in Cornwall.

In a relatively short span, Shoppers Drug Mart has drastically increased its visibility and presence in Cornwall with the construction of a brand new store on Cornwall’s busiest artery (Brookdale Avenue), the expansion of an existing store in the Cornwall Square and, biggest of all, the construction of a new 550,000 square-foot distribution centre in the Cornwall Business Park.

The all-Canadian retailer was recently recognized for its investments with the Economic Impact Award at the Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. The award, presented in partnership with Cornwall Economic Development, recognizes a firm or individual that has made a significant investment in the community.

“Shoppers Drug Mart is a fitting recipient of this inaugural award,” said Mayor Bob Kilger. “They have made a huge investment in Cornwall and have created a large number of jobs. In addition, they have helped to cement Cornwall’s place as a leading location for logistics and supply chain operations in Canada.”

In accepting the award, Tony Austen of Shoppers Drug Mart said it was an easy decision for the company to invest in Cornwall.

“I wish most communities could work as well as Cornwall did with us,” said Mr. Austen, Director of Special Projects Real Estate. “We haven’t looked back on this major investment. We’ll be distributing cosmetics to the entire country from here (in Cornwall).”

The new distribution centre is located on a 64-acre parcel of land in the Cornwall Business Park. The building measures 550,000 square feet and has 75 shipping docks. The building was designed by PDA Architects, engineered by Delcan and built by JMC Construction. The distribution centre is operated by Matrix Logistics Services Ltd., which is a division of Exel Logistics.

As for its retail presence in Cornwall, Shoppers Drug Mart recently almost doubled the size of its downtown Cornwall Square store (now 13,000 square feet from 7,600 square feet). This followed an earlier expansion and relocation of its store on Brookdale Avenue to a brand new stand-alone store in the new Harden Plaza. Shoppers Drug Mart also maintains a third retail location in Cornwall in the Eastcourt Mall on Second Street East.

About the Business Excellence Awards

The Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards is a distinguished Cornwall tradition established in 1988. The Awards recognize outstanding achievements by Cornwall area businesses and individuals in the fields of commerce, community work and/or innovation. The awards ceremony, coupled with the presentation of the coveted Citizen of Year award is one of Cornwall’s most prestigious annual affairs.

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