Retail News Breaks Archives
London Drugs thanks Vancouver police after riots
June 24th, 2011
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – London Drugs is expressing thanks to the Vancouver Police Department after rioters ransacked one of its stores in the city following the Vancouver Canucks loss in the National Hockey League Stanley Cup final.
The Canadian drug chain said Friday that customers can now make a donation to the Vancouver Police Foundation at checkout in any London Drugs store in Vancouver.
London Drugs is donating proceeds from the T-shirt sales to the Vancouver Police Foundation. The chain's store damaged in the riots is pictured in the background.
"London Drugs remains in deep appreciation of the Vancouver Police Department," the retailer said in a statement. "We commend the officers who stood on the front lines of the riots and who assisted our staff to safety."
The London Drugs store at the intersection of Granville and Georgia streets was trashed and looted on the evening of June 15 during the riots after the hockey game, forcing the retailer to temporarily shut the store to assess the damage.
"Our London Drugs store at Georgia and Granville opened the next morning, recovering from significant damage and hundreds of thousands of dollars in merchandise stolen," the chain said Friday. "The exact number of London Drugs losses is still being investigated."
London Drugs also announced Friday that it has come up with a way for Vancouver citizens to show their support and pride in the city: "I Love Vancouver" T-shirts.
Two shirts will be available for sale at all Vancouver London Drugs stores for $19.99, and the retailer said the proceeds will go to the Vancouver Police Foundation.
"We created these I Love Vancouver shirts because we know the citizens of Vancouver feel the need to express pride in the city, and there is no better cause to ensure Vancouver stays safe than to support the Vancouver Police Foundation," stated Wynne Powell, president and chief executive officer of London Drugs.
The day after the Stanley Cup riots, Powell remarked that the melee represented "a sad moment in the history of Vancouver." London Drugs also reported that it's working with the Vancouver police to review security surveillance and noted that its security cameras have images of the more than 200 rioters that ransacked its store.