Mississauga’s Clarkson GO Station—soon, a place to pick up your groceries!

Is Mississauga’s Clarkson GO Station a part of your daily commute?  If so, that perennial “what’s for dinner tonight?” dilemma, or that nuisance of having to spend part of your precious weekends on grocery shopping, may just be the thing of the past.

Starting this spring, Loblaws and Metrolinx are bringing shopping for groceries to the Clarkson GO Station, and four others in the GTA, including Bronte, Oakville, Rouge Hill and Whitby.

You just place your order online (the minimum order is $30) at loblaws.ca before midnight.  The next day, you pick up your groceries from staffed kiosks, lockers or refrigerated trucks near the entrance to the Clarkson GO station.

“This is a logical extension of our increasingly popular e-commerce services, and the growing customer appeal for ordering groceries online and picking them up when it’s most convenient,” said Jeremy Pee, SVP, E-Commerce, Loblaw Companies Limited. “With PC Express pick up locations we’re giving customers and commuters the best brands and products we have to offer, easy online ordering, and some time back in their day.”

The program is the first of its kind in Canada, said Metrolinx spokesperson Anne Marie Aikens.  For Metrolinx, it’s a way to make GO stations more attractive to commuters and encourage ridership.  “The more convenient we make transit the more likely people are to use it,” she said.

Loblaws was selected via a tendering process.  “We have a whole division working on setting up partnerships with the business community,” said Aikens.

These partnerships are a way for Metrolinx to increase revenue without raising fares. “Commuting is a big part of everybody’s lives,” said Jeremy Pee.  “It seems to fit what people are thinking of on their way home from work: getting groceries and preparing a meal.”

Mississaugans getting off at Clarkson GO—or transferring to buses taking them to Mississauga’s nearby neighbourhoods such as Lorne Park and Port Credit—will likely partake in this grocery-shopping option.  As they say, in this busy, digital world, convenience is the new loyalty.