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London Drugs Ltd.
Founded1945; 75 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
georgia main food group[1](1976-present)
London Drugs Store 85 in Abbotsford, British Columbia
London Drugs Store 85 in Abbotsford, British Columbia
Photography section of London Drugs Store 85 in Abbotsford, BC
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 September 2019, the chain had 82 stores in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.[2]


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.

In 1968, London Drugs was sold to Daylin, Inc. 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 became 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, as of September 2019, they operate 82 stores. In addition to pharmacy, other major goods offered include cosmetics, small appliances, electronics, cameras and photo finishing, toys and food. London Drugs serves more than 45 million customers each year.

In January 2019, London Drugs acquired the Edmonton-based photography chain, McBain Camera.[3]


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[4] Computers
Tree Frog Computer Accessories
London Premiere Cosmetic Products
London Plantation Nuts
LD Insurance[5] Insurance Services
London Spa[6] Spa Services
CustomWorks[7] Entertainment System Installation
TLD Computers[8] IT Equipment and Services


Of the chain's 83 stores, most are located in British Columbia, 37 of them in Vancouver and the surrounding area. There are also stores 24 in Alberta, and a smaller number in Saskatchewan, and one in Manitoba.


  1. ^
  2. ^ "London Drugs: Store Locator". Retrieved 2019-09-16.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Certified Data
  5. ^ LD Insurance
  6. ^ London Spa
  7. ^ CustomWorks
  8. ^ TLD Computers

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