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Retiring owner of Shoppers honoured by Friends of Fort George
Retiring owner David Lee, new owner Grace Kuo and Tony Chisholm of Friends of Fort George, with a thank-you plaque presented to Lee for his support of Fort George. (Dariya Baiguzhiyeva/Niagara Now)

David Lee says he is going to miss the people the most after he retires.

Lee has owned the Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Shoppers Drug Mart for the past 16 years.

“I will miss seeing the people on a regular basis, seeing the customers, working (with) my staff,” he said. “Providing service to the community – that’s what I really enjoyed.”

Lee said he decided it was time to retire.

"I felt I've got to the point where there are things I want to do and I need more time to do," said Lee, adding that owning the store is time-consuming and requires working outside the usual nine to five hours.

“It’s seven days a week. Early mornings, late nights,” said Lee.

After retiring, he is planning to stay in NOTL and get involved with some community organizations in town. 

Tony Chisholm, president of Friends of Fort George, presented a plaque to Lee Thursday morning, thanking him for his service and generous support over the years.

“He’s always been kind and forthcoming and very supportive,” Chisholm told The Lake Report.

Lee, who has lived in NOTL for 34 years, said it’s been a “good, fruitful relationship” with Friends of Fort George.

“We’re always happy to support events and organizations like Friends of Fort George, so it’s something we’re keen to do,” he said in an interview. “Definitely a worthwhile cause preserving the history of Niagara-on-the-Lake and we’re fully supportive of that.”

Grace Kuo will replace Lee as the store’s new owner and pharmacist. With five years' experience working as a pharmacy manager at Shoppers in Welland, Kuo said she is feeling excited and nervous about starting at a new location.

“It’s beautiful, I love the area,” Kuo, 31, told The Lake Report. “I think it’s going to be a lot of fun getting to know everybody.”

Kuo has lived in St. Catharines for the past five years. She said she will be commuting to NOTL for work as it is only a 15-minute drive to town.

Lee said he had a discussion with Kuo on how important it is, as a business owner, to provide support to community organizations and events.

Kuo, who will officially start her duties on May 19, said she will continue supporting Friends of Fort George and other local organizations.