Even in a pandemic, back-to-school shopping waits for no parent

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The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a surge in online shopping for food, medications and clothing. But the novel coronavirus has barely put a dent in the age-old ritual of back-to-school shopping.

Despite options for shopping online, many parents have been coming to their local pharmacy to see whether crayons, duo-tangs or erasers are on special, said Martine Daoust, a manager at a Jean Coutu store on Sources Blvd. in Dollard-des-Ormeaux.

“They like to come in person. Some arrive with three or four lists, are here for 90 minutes to two hours,” Daoust said. “The children like to choose their binders and pick the colours.”


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Sales on good quality pencils and crayons are always a hit, she said, adding that it can cost at least $60 …

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