Pharmacy My chemical romance
In more Clicks news, they’ve just reached the happy milestone of 250 instore pharmacies, which makes them the biggest pharmacy retailer in the country, with pharmaceutical turnover at R1.5billion last year. Distribution arm UPD is also the largest of its kind on these shores, growing turnover 14.9% last year and increasing market share. No time to relax, though: Shoprite is in the unusual position of snapping at Clicks’ heels, with 104 MEDI-Rite pharmacies in selected stores, dispensing 1.9million prescriptions in the year ended June 2010, and growing sales 60%. Pick n Pay with 18 stores and plans for 40, and SPAR who have just rolled out their pilot store at Shelly Beach, have also thrown their hats into the ring, although Woolworths has judiciously removed it with the closure of their three experimental outlets.
Comment: A hotly contested space, where the numbers are not huge but which certainly seems to bring the punters into the shop.