Shoppers Drug Mart unveils new store experience in Toronto

Canadian drug store chain Shoppers Drug Mart has unveiled a new store experience, bringing the brand's signature 'Live Life Well' strategy to life in tangible moments. Located in Newmarket, Toronto, the 1,300 sq m store concept draws on the fondness for the brand while evolving to meet the needs of today’s customers, helping them continuously live their best life.

The retailer worked alongside retail design agency Dalziel & Pow on the new concept. This feel-good destination is full of daily inspiration and truly personalised interactions to elevate what shopping for everyday essentials can be.

While price comparison and uniformity are the norm in the competitor landscape, SDM stands out by actively engaging the customer. Add-on services and swift check-outs deliver truly modern convenience, while brand communications offer a relatable and caring tone of voice; humorous when appropriate and sincere when needed. All this ensures customers leave the store happy and fulfilled.

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With more than 1,000 stores across Canada – featuring in some of the most remote of locations – the concept takes on a new role as a valued hub for the community, hosting informative and fun local events. Shoppers are immediately greeted with a welcome message from the storeowner when entering the store, and a dedicated space talks about local happenings, campaign content and key staff.

Key pillars for the brand and drivers into store include Health, Beauty and Convenience, and these unfold in a varied landscape of distinct departments with bold, simple navigation and pockets of inspiration. Pharmacy is the heart of the business and the destination for most customers in store. Dalziel & Pow created an inviting, reassuring yet authoritative space, to ensure the service-led Pharmacy feels as relaxing as possible whilst customers are having health appointments; soft lighting and communications help to put them at ease and feel comfortable. The expert pharmacy staff are profiled and celebrated within the space, encouraging customers to build a rapport with them.

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The Beauty Department has been redesigned to add appeal for a younger demographic and simplify an often overwhelming category. Brimming with inspiration, it’s a fun space that showcases and gives customers the opportunity to test out the latest trends. A signature lighting feature heroes the department and highlights the new service desk, which gives customers a friendly welcome on approach. The design team also conceptualised a Tool Wall (implemented by digital agency Icon) to spotlight the own-brand makeup line, QUO and educate shoppers on how to use makeup brushes effectively. When customers interact with the brushes, it triggers digital content about how to use each one effectively and select the right tool for the job.

With an ambition to become the authority in skincare in Canada, the new department is a go-to destination to try new things or speak to a member of staff for a consultation, advice or recommendation. A devoted display table with advice about six skin types (dry, oily etc), adds more storytelling to the space, while an eye-catching lighting fixture clearly anchors and calls out this section in the store.

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In food, milk is a key traffic driver for Shoppers Drug Mart. This everyday product becomes a focal point in the store – a large light box with the statement 'Need Milk?' above a fridge in the timber wall drives the customer into the food department.

Through curating a consistent tone of voice, personal service and welcoming environment, Dalziel & Pow has strengthened and advanced the Shoppers Drug Mart brand experience for a new era of retail.

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