FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, October 21, 2016 2:17pm
(Ottawa) — Well before Black Friday, the Ottawa Police brings news that its retail gift shop, which carries 100 different products, is open online at www.ottawapolicegiftshop.com.
The Ottawa Police Gift Shop has transitioned from a physical store to a virtual store that is now open for business.
“After 17 years, it was decided to close the Elgin Street location and open an online store,” said Bill Keeler, the Gift Shop supervisor. “We were no longer getting the traffic to support the physical store and so many people now do their shopping online that we wanted to offer this convenience as well.”
The most popular items continue to be t-shirts, available in children’s, men’s and women’s sizes, baseball caps and coffee mugs. There is even a Junior officer kids' t-shirt that looks like a police uniform.
“We’ve given careful consideration to what to provide and there’s lots of variety,” said Mr. Keeler. “There is something for everyone’s budget - prices range from $1.99 for pins all the way to $99 for jackets.”
Ottawa Police researched what other police services and businesses were doing, including their shipping practices and the online store is already flourishing.
Best of all, proceeds from the sales support local charities. The Distress Centre and Youville Centre are the 2016 recipients approved by the Chief.
All orders are shipped by Purolator and orders in Ottawa are usually being delivered within 24 hours. Other parts of Canada only take 2 – 5 business days.
If you still like shopping the old-fashioned way, pop-up retail stores will be available at various locations throughout the fall. You can watch for those dates and locations by checking the gift shop website under “About us”.
“We’re happy to offer our members and the public some fun consumer choices that also raise money for charity,” added Bill.
Visit the gift shop at ottawapolicegiftshop.com or follow them on twitter - @OttawaPoliceGiftShop.
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