Canada Post announced the opening of a third branch at Shoppers Drug Mart March 5 to support the need for increased parcel delivery for rural Ponoka residents. The addition brings no changes to the main Ponoka branch and the Rexall Pharmacy branch.
“With the continued growth in online shopping and parcel delivery and how Canadians changed how they use our services, we needed to add another location to assist in handling the volume, while offering complementing hours and services (e.g., prescriptions, groceries, etc.) to our corporate post office,” explained Phil Legault, media relations manager for Canada Post, in an email.
Peter Lok, pharmacist/owner of Shoppers in Ponoka said he is excited for the change and addition in town. “We’re excited to offer a post office for the community of Ponoka.”
The change has been much anticipated, says Lok, whose customers have been asking when the completion will be ready. “It’ll just add to the experience here.”
The new branch offers similar services as Rexall’s such as parcel pickup, shipping, stamps, post office boxes, government forms and debit/credit card payments. Services are open seven days a week — Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.