Pharmacy moves to bigger space

NOW OPEN: Pippa and Nick Smith with the team who helped transform the building from a bakery.
NOW OPEN: Pippa and Nick Smith with the team who helped transform the building from a bakery.

Clare Pharmacy has moved after 143 years of a chemist dispensing to the people of the town from the building in Well Lane.

But the popular family-run chemist shop has only gone directly across the road to bigger and brighter premises in the former Hurst’s Bakery site.

Owners Nick and Pippa Smith and their staff spent the weekend moving their final stock over to the new shop, which has been refitted.

Gone are the old baking ovens and in their place are a consulting room, more retail space, a larger dispensary and a staff room with room for meal breaks.

Pippa, who manages the business, while husband Nick dispenses, said: “Pharmacies have to have more facilities these days, as the services they offer has expanded.

“We now have somewhere where customers can sit down and discuss their medication and conditions in private in a welcoming consultation room.

“In the old premises we had to use the corridor, which wasn’t ideal.

“We can also administer the flu jab and contraception, such as the morning after pill. We now have a private place to discuss services such as smoking cessation products and programmes.

“The whole building is larger and more light and airy. We can now offer the services we want to offer to the people of Clare.”

Pippa said local tradesmen, builders Cutts and Cousins, had been used for the work, except for the shopfitting.

Nick and Pippa bought the pharmacy from Nick’s father Malcolm Smith seven years ago, although Malcolm dispensed his last prescription in January, 2013. Malcolm and his wife June bought the business in 1982.

Pippa added that George Lowe opened a chemist shop on the site in 1871 and there has been a pharmacy there ever since.