Albany pharmacies record gloomy Christmas sales

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Albany pharmacies record gloomy Christmas sales

Chemist Warehouse Albany
Chemist Warehouse opened in Albany, Auckland, last November

Chemist Warehouse is rapidly expanding with five pharmacies open in the Auckland region alone, and plans to roll out around 70 throughout all New Zealand. Miranda Cook investigates how smaller pharmacies in north Auckland are coping following the recent opening of a store in Albany. Some have reported a loss of retail sales during what is usually a bumper period, with one owner calling on the Commerce Commission to step in

The big, bold and blue letters shouting “free prescriptions” across the sky-high shopfront of Chemist Warehouse in the Albany Mega Centre are hard, Unichem Rosedale Pharmacy owner Manal Gayed says she is worried about the year ahead following the opening of Chemist Warehouse nearby, Manal Gayed