I had an extremely exciting foodie night on the town last night! I met up with all sorts of other BC foodies downtown and then we were whisked away by luxury van to…
Shoppers Drug Mart! That’s right! Why? Well because certain locations in BC are going through a huge transformation.
As Anoop Khurana (Associate Owner, Shoppers Drug Mart at 2748 East Hastings Street) gave us a tour we learned that this location will officially be offering over 700 new food items as of April 22 at 8 am to be exact.
Yes! Now you will be able to pick up your fresh ground beef and just about anything else you can think of at this Shoppers Drug Mart.
I had seen this development when I was in Toronto a few years ago so I was excited to discover the same was starting to happen in Vancouver.
I swear, in every little corner of the store there were food items and since Loblaw now owns Shoppers, you can find President’s Choice products everywhere. Like this mini freezer containing frozen pizzas. Talk about convenient. You can also find some of PC’s Black Label Collection. Damn!
Now you do not have to go to your local Superstore to pick up PC products.
Pharmacists at these particular stores have had additional nutrition training so if you need help while you shop for your particular health issue, they can help you buy foods that will help your condition.
It was particularly impressive to see all the fresh food available too, some already prepared so you just gotta grab it, go home and eat.
You will now find produce, specialty cheeses, deli meats, fresh meat, ready-made entrées and expanded bakery items offering fresh breads and sweets.
You will also be able to find T&T products which are extremely popular here in Vancouver.
I was blown away when I saw they had Catelli Smart Pasta, my favourite! Why do I not live closer to this location?!
When I started checking out the store on my own I realized about HALF of the floor (not including the pharmacy) was now dedicated to food. Absolutely incredible! Other British Columbia locations that will be opening by the end of July include:
- 11800 Cambie Road, Richmond
Grab & Go:
- 3020 West Broadway, Vancouver
- 3303 Main Street, Vancouver
- 1202 West Pender Street, Vancouver
- 370 East Broadway, Vancouver
- 1780 West Broadway, Vancouver
- 586 Granville Street, Vancouver
- 1006 Homer Street, Vancouver
The Next Step
After our tour we were driven back downtown to L’Abattoir‘s Blood Alley location.
The rest of the evening we got to indulge in food bought from Shoppers Drug Mart and prepared by chefs.
There were also lots of PC products of course!
A stunning charcuterie spread as well as…
Some lovely sweets from T&T.
We spent the rest of the night chatting and eating. So much eating!
Amongst my favourite dishes were the oyster mushroom tempura, mini pesto chicken club (photographed above)…
The seared beef with crunchy vegetables and sesame, Swiss cheese puffs and…
Butter chicken satay! I want to make a special mention of Whitney from Macarons & Mischief and Alison from Sparkly Shoes & Sweat Drops, two fabulous bloggers to hang out with at a very special five star foodie event.
We were spoiled rotten for our way home too with stunning orchids and a lovely gift bag of yumminess.
Woohoo!!! I envy those who live close to these newly enhanced Shoppers locations. How wonderful to pick up your favourite foods without having to trek all the way to the grocery store. Hopefully this will be offered at other locations across Canada soon too.
I could get used to the foodie rock star treatment! Thank you for the tour Shoppers and for the fabulous food.
Jamie Ridler says
Wow!! What an event. Everything looks amazing! I’m so glad you got to go on this foodie adventure, Suzie! And lucky them to have such gorgeous coverage. Your photos are stunning!
Suzie the Foodie says
Thank you so much Jamie! I hope you felt like you came with me on this adventure and thank you so much. I am very happy with how the photos turned out and what a fun night out.
Debra She Who Seeks says
Well, call me an old stick in the mud (it’s okay, I’ve been called much, MUCH worse, believe me) but I just can’t bring myself to buy groceries at a Shoppers Drug Mart. It just seems . . . so . . . so . . . wrong, somehow. It would be like buying clothes at Canadian Tire or books at Tim Hortons. NO! I’M OLD AND I REFUSE TO CHANGE WITH THE TIMES. lol
Suzie the Foodie says
LOL, I totally get it Debra. I think it’s going to help a lot of seniors out and other people that find getting to the grocery store difficult. Since we moved, we only get out for groceries once every three weeks because it is much farther and more difficult to get to now. I wish I had a Shopper’s near me! But I hear you.
Vicky Ma says
I think this is such a smart move for Shoppers. I actually rarely go to Shoppers, unless someone in the household is sick, but now, knowing they have some of my weekly PC products there, I think I will end up shopping there more, especially for those small trips, when I don’t want to wade through the huge Superstore. Thank so much for blogging about this! Wow, who knew!
Suzie the Foodie says
Exactly! I find going to the Superstore overwhelming sometimes but going to Shoppers for some of this and some of that? No problem. You’re welcome! So glad it helped. 🙂 Thanks Vicky.