Purdy’s Chocolates is a Canadian owned and family operated business that is the second largest chocolate retailer in Canada, with 59 stores in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. While many people would consider those impressive statistics, Dwayne Howard had less statistical reasons for grabbing the first spot in line on Saturday (Sept. 1) for the grand opening of the new Purdy’s location in White Oaks Mall. Yes, Howard knows some of the London team and wanted to show support for the mall he lives close to, but his reason for lining up is just what operators of the new London outlet — the company’s 12th store in Ontario — are hoping to hear.

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