Customers of four pharmacies in the Greater Sudbury area may have noticed new signs being installed on storefronts recently.
The pharmacies, which are jointly owned by six local businesspeople, used to be Guardian Drug locations, but now bear the name Pharmasave.
Nickel Centre Pharmacy in Garson, Val Est Pharmacy in Val
Caron, Health Care Pharmacy on Lasalle Blvd. in Sudbury and
Wilson's Pharmacy in Copper Cliff are all affected by the
Many locally owned drugstores choose to belong to national groups to get access to their product brands and programs in exchange for a franchise fee.
Pharmasave offers better prices on products and enhanced education programs for people with diabetes and other conditions, says Dean Blanchard, manager of Health Care Pharmacy.
"The important thing to note is that our pharmacists and staff are not changing. There is no change in ownership," he says.
Pharmasave is the fastest-growing drugstore family in Canada, says Blanchard. They currently have 360 stores in Canada. Forty of those stores have been added in the last three years.
"The goal of Pharmasave is to become Canada's wellness destination," says Blanchard.