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London Drugs opens its first optical clinic

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WEST VANCOUVER, British Columbia — London Drugs has launched its first optical clinic, featuring licensed optometrists, with the grand opening of a new concept store at the Park Royal shopping center in West Vancouver.

The western Canada drug chain said Friday that the full-service optical center, called Optical London Drugs, stems from a partnership between London Drugs and Dr. Mark Aginsky, principal of Vision Plus, an independently owned optometry group with clinics in 12 cities in Washington state and one in Richmond, British Columbia.

The optical clinic will offer comprehensive eye exams, and pptometry services will be provided by Aginsky. The center also is equipped with state-of-the-art technology such as Optos, a retinal scanner that provides enhanced views of the back of the eye.

Plans call for additional Optical London Drugs locations to be announced in the coming weeks.

“We are always looking for new and innovative ways to take care of our loyal customers. Particularly in health care, our role in the health outcomes of our customers and patients continues to expand and evolve,” Clint Mahlman, executive vice president and chief operating officer of London Drugs, said in a statement. “Launching our first-ever optical clinic within London Drugs is another way we can immediately provide an important health care service, such as eye exams, for our customers living in West Vancouver and the North Shore.”

Meanwhile, the renovated Park Royal London Drugs sports a new layout that the retailer said gives customers new shopping and learning experiences.

In the store’s classroom-style Learning Lab, London Drugs experts will offer educational workshops on topics ranging from health and wellness to technology, gadgets and sustainability. The Learning Lab will also be available for use by West Vancouver community groups, local educators and experts.

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London Drugs held a grand opening for its Park Royal store, which features its latest retail format.

“With our new optical clinic, new educational learning lab and open space layout, we welcome our customers to come join us for a more interactive and exciting shopping experience at the new London Drugs Park Royal,” stated store manager Bruno Ferrario. “We also have a new building management system at the store that has allowed us to reduce our carbon footprint, and we are excited to be able to offer an enhanced recycling station at the store for our West Vancouver residents.”

London Drugs held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the store on Friday that was attended by West Vancouver Mayor Michael Smith. The grand opening will include special events, offers and activities at the store through the weekend.

Overall London Drugs operates 78 stores in more than 35 major markets throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.


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