London Drugs

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London Drugs Ltd.
Founded1945; 74 years ago (1945)
FounderSam Bass
HeadquartersRichmond, British Columbia
Area served
British Columbia
ProductsElectronics, grocery, pharmaceuticals, health/beauty, photofinishing, insurance services, furniture, toys, and housewares.
ParentDaylin Corporation
London Drugs Store 85 in Abbotsford, British Columbia
Photography section of London Drugs Store 85 in Abbotsford, BC

London Drugs Ltd. is a Canadian retail store chain with headquarters in Richmond, British Columbia. Its primary focus is on pharmaceuticals, electronics, housewares and cosmetics, with a limited selection of grocery items; as of June 2014, the chain had 78 stores in the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia.[1]


London Drugs was founded in 1945 as a small drugstore in Vancouver, British Columbia by Sam Bass; the first location at 800 Main Street, Vancouver, was named after London, England, the home of Canada's King, George VI.

In 1968, London Drugs was sold to Daylin Corporation; the next year, Daylin ran into financial difficulties in the US branch of its business, and decided to put London Drugs up for sale. In 1976 the business was acquired by the H.Y. Louie Group under the direction of President Tong Louie.

Tong Louie expanded the company within BC and, for the first time, beyond the provincial border into Alberta with the first Edmonton location in 1976. In the next ten years, London Drugs tripled its number of stores.

During this growth, the company also began increasing the types of products available in stores. Small kitchen appliances, high end cosmetics and high quality photo equipment quickly became staple items lining the shelves.

In 1981, London Drugs expanded into another non-traditional drugstore category by installing its first One-Hour Photofinishing labs; the introduction of photofinishing labs into the store and the one-hour-photo revolution paved the way for London Drugs’ introduction of a computer department in 1983.

In 2004, the St. Vital Shopping Centre in Winnipeg becomes the new home to London Drugs’ first (and still only) Manitoba store.

Today, London Drugs has stores in more than 35 major markets throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. According to their website, January 2018, they operate 80 stores; the pharmacy is still the heart of the business, but today, London Drugs also offers a full service computer department, cosmetics ranging from lip gloss to high-end face creams, furniture, cameras, high quality photo finishing, smart phones and 4K ultra high definition televisions. More people buy their small appliances in London Drugs than any other place in Western Canada. All told, London Drugs serves more than 45 million customers each year.

In January 2019, London Drugs acquired the Edmonton-based photography chain, McBain Camera.[2]


A private company, London Drugs management consists of President and CEO Brandt C. Louie, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Clint Mahlman, Chief Financial Officer Laird Miller, Vice President Pharmacy and Cosmetics John Tse, General Manager of IT Nick Curalli, General Counsel Christine MacLean, Director of Real Estate Donna Figueira and Vice President General Merchandise, Insurance Services and Postal Outlets Rob Felix, it is entirely Canadian-owned.


London Drugs markets its own brand of products and services under the following labels:

Name Type of Product
London Drugs Health Products, Furniture, Home ware, Food
London Naturals Vitamins and Medicines
London Home Furniture, Dinnerware
Certified Data[3] Computers
Tree Frog Computer Accessories
London Premiere Cosmetic Products
London Plantation Nuts
LD Insurance[4] Insurance Services
London Spa[5] Spa Services
CustomWorks[6] Entertainment System Installation
TLD Computers[7] IT Equipment and Services


Of the chain's 81 stores, 52 are located in British Columbia, most of them in Greater Vancouver. In Alberta there are 24 stores, including nine in the Edmonton Capital Region, nine in the Calgary Region, five in other communities, and a new LD Express store in Calgary. In Saskatchewan, 2 in Regina, 2 in Saskatoon and 1 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.


In 2014, a member of London Drugs staff in Vancouver falsely accused Andy Fiore, an award-winning documentary filmmaker with paranoid schizophrenia, of theft; the incident led to unfavourable media coverage and threats of litigation.[8][9]


  1. ^ "London Drugs: Store Locator". Retrieved 2013-06-20.
  2. ^ Cook, Dustin (12 January 2019). "Edmonton's storied McBain Camera snapped up by London Drugs, will continue to operate independently". Edmonton Journal. Postmedia Network. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  3. ^ Certified Data
  4. ^ LD Insurance
  5. ^ London Spa
  6. ^ CustomWorks
  7. ^ TLD Computers
  8. ^ Sheppard, Jenni (May 21, 2014). "London Drugs wrongly accuses acclaimed documentary filmmaker of theft". CBC News. Retrieved 2017-04-23.
  9. ^ "London Drugs clarifies points made in May 21 CBC story". May 22, 2014. Retrieved 2017-04-23.

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