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Canadian pharmacy dispenses with convention to sell organic, healthy foods

from Ottawa Citizen

If you wanted to buy some fresh filet mignon, frozen lake trout or gluten-free gnocchi, a drugstore probably wouldn't be the first place you'd think of. But in Westboro, Canada, the neighborhood pharmacy now stocks all those things and more. About 18 months ago, Westboro Village Pharmasave removed its cosmetics, candy bars and Coke and turned over one-quarter of the store to healthy foods. "We said, 'You know what, let's be different,'" says Mark Barnes, pharmacy manager and co-owner of the store. "We decided that if we're going to be health promoters in the pharmacy, we want to be health promoters in the front store, too. As far as I know, we're the only pharmacy to do this." more

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