London Drugs Rutherford Mall

London Drugs Opening Spring 2007The new London Drugs location at Rutherford Mall off Rutherford Road, Nanaimo, will open on March 20, 2007. We’ve bought computer and photographic equipment at London Drug’s Port Place Mall location in downtown Nanaimo many times and are looking forward to visiting the new store. London Drugs may be a big box but we’ve found its staff is more than willing to take the time to offer objective advice about its products. North Nanaimo residents will now have a convenient place to compare prices before making purchases at Future Shop or Staples.

On March 20th Rutherford Mall will be officially renamed the Nanaimo North Town Centre. Hopefully London Drugs will breathe new life into this mall which has been rather dull in recent years. One problem at Rutherford Mall has been (and will continue to be) the lack of a food court. The previous rather small food court at Rutherford was lost when Save on Foods moved out a few years back. The new London Drugs store occupies the site of the former Save on Foods supermarket.

Currently, there aren’t many places for shoppers to eat at Rutherford Mall. Cinnamon City and Dancing Goat Coffee Kabin on the mall serve soup along with their coffee and desserts and Galaxy Cinemas has popcorn and Coke, but for a real meal you have to turn to the restaurant in Zellers department store. Actually, Zellers Restaurant isn’t a bad place to eat: fish and chips at $6.49/$7.00 with two/three pieces, spaghetti and meatballs at $6.49, Greek salad at $7.29, pot roast dinner with Yorkshire pudding at $7.99, BBQ pork back ribs at $9.59/$12.99 a half/full pound, and various specials priced $4.99-$6.99. Zellers Restaurant is always crowded, the food is okay, and the service is pleasant (restaurant open Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday 9 am to 6 pm, Wednesday to Friday 9 am to 8 pm, Sunday 10 am to 5 pm). To get to the more upscale Kelsey’s and Montana’s Cookhouse restaurants at Rutherford Mall you have to walk across the parking lot. Surprisingly, the large Sears Department Store at Rutherford Mall doesn’t have a restaurant.

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