Thirty years ago in February, Rob Blackburn and his wife Judy came to Lennox and bought the pharmacy and a physiotherapy practice in Ballina. Two kids and a fair bit of fun later they are now taking the pharmacy in a different direction.
With Rob’s business partner Paul Gilbert from Ballina, they have signed up to join the Terry White Chemmart pharmacy group. This is a nationwide group that supports local pharmacies with programs and buying power to allow them to compete with the other companies in the market.
Rob and Paul are quick to point out that they have not sold out, just signed up as a member of the group. Same staff, same- same as they say.
They also have now employed a new young pharmacist from Western Australia, Kazia Reid who is going to be providing a lot of the programs that Terry White operates, such as medication checks, diabetes meds checks, vaccination programs etc.
A bright new modern shop fit is about to start and that will be done by local trades. It should be a challenging couple of weeks but owners hope, well worth the inconvenience.