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Hub pharmacy continues expansion with two new branches

Steve Jeffers: We look forward to expanding the services offered

The Hub pharmacy group has continued its expansion by adding two new pharmacies to its portfolio.

The acquisition of the two Chester pharmacies – which were previously owned by W S Young Ltd – brings the number of Hub branches up to 21, the group announced on Tuesday (November 1).

The pharmacies are co-located with GPs in purpose-built health centres in the Boughton area of Chester. 

Both pharmacies will see “substantial investment”, with refurbishments, IT updates, new services and the introduction of consultation rooms, the Hub pharmacy said.

All staff – apart from former owner Bill Young and one pharmacy manager, who are both retiring – will keep their jobs, the group said.

Hub pharmacy CEO Steve Jeffers said the group is looking forward to working with Mr Young's "excellent staff".

Mr Young said they chose to pass their business onto the Hub Pharmacy because it has "extensive experience" operating community pharmacies and will "enhance the service offering to our patients". 

The Hub Pharmacy aims to expand its business “substantially” over the next three years, it added.

Mr Jeffers told C+D last year the company hopes to oversee 40 branches by 2025. The company has already bought 10 pharmacies this year, including six Halifax-based pharmacies in July.

Do you have plans to expand your business?

Valentine Trodd, Community pharmacist

The 'cuts' are a great excuse for contractors to withhold payrises, bonuses and exert even more pressure for doing MURs, NMS, flu jabs, etc. Contractors are behaving just like the junior doctors and the RMT union, telling us the cuts will affect the patients, etc. when all they care about is their bottom line.

Jupo Patel, Production & Technical

An old ploy but one that is very obvious now.

Old Timer, Manager

I have not noticed too many owners or chains complaing  re cuts think some see it as an oputrinity. I am sceptical  that many closures  will take place .

Wonder how many of the employed pharmacists  making the most noise re cuts know what their employers really make from pharmacy ,feel more than a little sorry for some decent pharmacists who may be better using their  talents along a GP.

Jupo Patel, Production & Technical

Many I suspect suffer from stockholm syndrome.

S Morein, Pharmacy Area manager/ Operations Manager

And here we thought that contractors were all going to collapse due to the "savage cuts". . Yet contractors can still sell for a considerable premium. Perhaps these cuts are not savage afterall

Jupo Patel, Production & Technical

Is this an advert for hubs?

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