The Glebe Apothecary, founded 26 years ago in the heart of
the central Ottawa neighbourhood, has been sold to the national pharmacy chain
Shoppers Drug Mart.
“I can confirm that Shoppers Drug Mart has acquired The
Glebe Apothecary and that the sign and product offering will remain as is,”
said Shoppers Drug Mart spokeswoman Lisa Gibson.
“We understand that The Glebe Apothecary provides the
community with a specialized product offering and level of service and that
A statement on the store’s website also confirmed the sale:
“To our friends and loyal customers: You may have noticed that we have become
part of the Shoppers Drug Mart family, and you may be wondering what this means
to you, our customer. We are and will continue to be The Glebe Apothecary, with
the same people and the same commitment to customer service and our community.
Our commitment to you will not waiver, and our customers remain our number one
Paul Davies, who has worked at the store for 18 years, told Ottawa This Week that the sale took
effect on Jan.11.
“Tuesday was our first day as the new Glebe Apothecary,” he
He said the new ownership has committed to keep the name of
the store and the staff.
“It’s the same people, it’s the same sign out front, we have
the same unique products and we are going to continue with that,” he said.
The store will also stock Life brand products, which is the Shoppers
Drug Mart private label brand.
“The only change customers will notice is the introduction
of Life Brand products. The staff and rest of the product assortment will
remain the same,” Gibson added.
The Apothecary has offered services not commonly available
including making prescription drugs in the store, a service it plans to
Some patients don’t respond to common drug therapies and need
medicine at strengths that are not manufactured by drug companies or require
the medication that is ingested in an uncommon manner.
“Pharmaceutical compounding meets these needs,” said Davies.
Shoppers Drug Mart’s presence in Ottawa has expanded rapidly
in recent years, adding new stores and expanding existing locations across the
While Shoppers has purchased specialized stores before, this
is the first time they have kept the name and signage in place, Gibson said.
A new Shoppers Drug Mart is also currently being devloped at
and Sunnyside Avenue.
“The store on Sunnyside and Bank is at this point set to
open at the end of March,” Gibson said.