Totalhealth Pharmacy rolls out new retail pharmacy brand
€4 million rollout of new retail pharmacy brand Totalhealth has begun, following the opening of its first store in Mayo
11 October 2013
Totalhealth Pharmacy, a network comprising 40 of Ireland’s independently owned retail pharmacies has today begun the €4 million rollout of Ireland’s newest consumer facing retail pharmacy brand under the Totalhealth symbol.
The announcement made this week coincides with the official opening of the first totalhealth store in Ireland. The store opened following independent retail pharmacist, Sheila O’Donnell, Westport, rebranding to ‘O’Donnell’s Totalhealth Pharmacy’. More Totalhealth branded stores are expected to open in Roscommon, Castlebar, Tuam, Stillorgan, Dublin, Cork and Limerick in the first quarter of 2014.
Commenting on the launch, Ollie McGuinness, chairman of Totalhealth said: "Today marks a real milestone in the evolution of the retail pharmacy sector in Ireland and in particular for the sustainability of the independently owned community pharmacist. Totalhealth will bring all the benefits of being part of a large retail brand and buying group to the local independent pharmacy, while strongly promoting and enhancing the unique position and contribution of the local pharmacist to the community."
Each Totalhealth store will be providing its own in-store ‘Take care’ branded clinics,where customers can avail of a range of medical services such as blood pressure monitoring, diabetes testing, weight management and nutritional advice.
Many of these services will be available at no additional charge or at discounted prices. A series of health information clinics on specialist topics will also be hosted throughout the year.
Commenting on the range of benefits the totalhealth network offers the independent pharmacist, John Arnold, commercial director at Totalhealth said: "We believe that Totalhealth can offer the Irish independent pharmacy a real way forward to thrive in an ever challenging and competitive environment."
The group, which originally started out as a pharmacist-led buying network, and is fully owned by Irish pharmacy retailers, intends to grow the network of totalhealth stores to over 160 stores by 2018. The opening of new stores in the coming years is believed by Arnold will increase the number of people employed with the company from 250 at present to over 750 by 2018.