TORONTO — Loblaw envisions adding more grab-and-go foods to the Shoppers Drug Mart stores it has agreed to acquire, the company said in a conference call with analysts on Monday.


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“We did a very in-depth study on what the food proposition would look like [in a Shoppers drug store],” said Vicente Trius, president of Loblaw, noting that the company merchandised a mock store to test the layout.

“We kept all of the core from Shoppers Drug Mart, and we looked at how we can actually leverage the space that they had in food,” he explained. “We feel that we can put a very, very compelling offer based on fresh ready meals, frozen convenience food and healthy products — imagine going to a store and being able to do a very basic, full grocery shop.”

As reported on Monday,


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