Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Shoppers Drug Mart Port Credit Mississauga Ontario New Store Open Lakeshore Road West

After a year's construction, Shoppers Drug Mart is set to open Thursday, April 22, 2010 at its new location in our neighbourhood in Port Credit, Ontario.  Here are some pictures to show how a vacant car lot became a large, modern pharmacy in under a year.

Work Begins on New SDM store May 2009
This is a new store for the current Shoppers Drug Mart at nearby Credit Landing Shopping Centre, 228 Lakeshore Road West, with staff reporting for work about one block west on Lakeshore Road, to the new location at 321 Lakeshore Road West.

Let the Rubble Begin! Heavy Machinery Moves Into Port Credit
Over the summer, as heavy machinery came to demolish the old car dealership, and begin construction on the new Shoppers, the Lakeshore Road streetscape began to change. At one point, when the south sidewalk was blocked to pedestrians, and the 4-lane street narrowed to 2 lanes, commuters grumbled.

Traffic Island Installed Lakeshore Road W. Port Credit
Lakeshore Road West was repaved between Pine and Maple streets, and a traffic island added to prevent westbound traffic from entering Shoppers Drug Mart from Lakeshore Road.

 November 2009 - The Walls Go Up at Shoppers

The new store began to take over the Fall, with the Olympic torch Relay passing by December 19, after the yellow shell was added. With the mild winter, construction continued almost non-stop.

February 2009 Shoppers Drug Mart Construction
I took this picture in late afternoon in early February. The bricklayers, etc. continued to work under plastic sheeting, warmed by heaters fueled by large propane tanks. Even on Christmas Day afternoon as I passed by, I noticed two subcontractors hard at work in the drizzle-y rain.

April 2009 Workers Erect the SDM Signs

Walking into Port Credit in early April, I saw the signs being affixed to the building, and the store itself was in the process of being set up and stocked.

As the landscaping - new grass and shrubs, and today, a newly paved parking lot - readied the store for business, the store shelves at the old location were nearly empty. As with the Credit Landing location, the new store will also have a Post Office. Unlike the old store, the new store will have a grocery section; this is one of my personal faves, so I'm looking forward to some great opening specials!

Sign at Credit Landing SDM Redirects Customers to New Location

The new Shoppers will accommodate two doctors' offices, I am told, though I don't have any names as yet. Work still continues on the west end of the new location, and we're wondering what type of business will be locating there.

Here's a googlemap of both locations :

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