Countdown plans in-store pharmacies
Lower prices for pharmacy-only products are on the cards as Countdown plans to develop pharmacies within its supermarkets.
Countdown Pharmacy will be a joint venture partnership with local pharmacist Lindsay Smith, offering prescription and pharmacy-only medicines at selected supermarkets.
Each Countdown Pharmacy will be operated by trained and registered professional pharmacists.
Countdown managing director Dave Chambers said the move was a natural extension to its range of health and beauty products.
"Our customers have already embraced the concept of buying health and medical products in supermarkets, so the move to offer prescription and pharmacy-only products is another way we're offering that one-stop-shop in a retail environment," said Chambers.
It will be launched in just two Countdown supermarkets initially - in Newtown in Wellington and Rangitikei Street in Palmerston North in December, subject to regulatory approvals. The plan is to extend the pharmacy offering to other stores next year but Countdown won't confirm projected numbers.
Countdown Pharmacy business manager Jeremy Armes said the full-service pharmacy model will be operated as a 'store within a store' by a full-time pharmacist, featuring a private consultation room and a full range of prescription and pharmacy-only medicines.
"We're anticipating having our Countdown Pharmacies open in-line with extended supermarket hours, with 9am to 8pm, seven days a week."
The supermarket chain plans to leverage its buying and distribution power to offer leading medicines at lower prices than they are currently available, said Armes.
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