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Mapped: 70 Rowlands pharmacies up for sale across England and Wales

Rowlands in Northgate Village Surgery is one of 20 branches located in a GP practice or health centre (Credit: © 2019 Google, image capture: June 2018)
Rowlands in Northgate Village Surgery is one of 20 branches located in a GP practice or health centre (Credit: © 2019 Google, image capture: June 2018)

C+D has mapped the locations of 70 Rowlands pharmacies up for sale across England and Wales – with eight branches concentrated in Bradford and Halifax.

Rowlands announced last week (February 21) that it has put 70 of its pharmacies on the market – 69 in England and one in Wales – to focus on a “slightly smaller pharmacy network”.

C+D can reveal that the 70 pharmacies span from Bournemouth to Stockton-on-Tees, with the only Welsh branch for sale located in Carmarthen.

View C+D’s interactive map below to see the location of each of the 70 Rowlands pharmacies up for sale.

Eight of the branches are in the Bradford and Halifax areas, with another seven concentrated in Liverpool.

Twenty of the Rowlands pharmacies are located in GP surgeries or health centres.

Rowlands’ managing director Kenny Black told C+D the 70 pharmacies were selected for sale “on a matrix of parameters”, including “geographical location”, “evolution index of the area the pharmacy is located” in and the “nature of the lease tenures we have for the premises”.

The multiple is confident that the pharmacies up for sale “have the potential for future growth to meet emerging healthcare needs”.

“There is no question of redundancies” for the 522 affected staff, Mr Black exclusively told C+D last week.

10 Comments
Question: 
Do you work in one of the affected Rowlands pharmacies?

S J- Locum, Locum pharmacist

The multiples have ruined the Pharmacy profession. Had it remained as an independent owned businesses we would not be seeing this. Multiples took advantage of exploitation of europeans and pharmacists and etc and now they can't survive 

What goes up comes down!!

 

Jack Daniels, Community pharmacist

What a breathtakingly ignorant and completely irrelevant comment by Mr Turner regarding the " link " between the decline in the numbers of pubs and the rise of Islam! I suppose this is corroborated by facts is it? Please did share! I happen to reside in a predominantly Muslim area and yes there is a public house located nearby and everyone just gets on with each other just fine because that's what we do in this country - we tolerate and respect each other. I'm surprised that those comments made the light of day - thanks C & D for allowing that comment because it truly is in the " spirit of a constructive professional debate " NOT!!

James Waldron, Editorial

Hi Jack,

Please be aware that I have issued this user with a final warning as a result of the comment you have referred to.

Kind regards,

James Waldron, C+D Editor

Depressed Pharmacist, Manager

There might be a sliver lining to the funding cuts as the growth of large multiples is slowing and the number of first time buyers is increasing. Maybe a pharmacy with a 50+ HR department and a bmw/mercedes driving ex-woolworths manager who sits in his office all day barking orders might not be viable but a Pharmacist who understands pharmacy and is willing to take the chance could make it work.

Graham Turner, Non Pharmacist Branch Manager

Nothing worse than a bullying, 20-something area manager calling from his bluetooth dongle in his company-provided BMW, harassing you to perform services which he knows nothing about except how much the company gets from them. The whole profession is a shambles, can you imagine someone from Aldi calling up a GP telling him to do more blood tests? It is a complete and utter disgrace.

GPs won't be pushed around by jumped-up idiots from Lidl, so why is this happening in the world of pharmacy? 

Every branch that the scumbag chains sell-off is a tiny step in the right direction, pharmacies should only be owned by people who actually care abot the health of the local community.

With all the massive cutbacks, hopefully the big chains will realise that pharmacy is a dead duck so they can get lost and do something else, leaving the jobs for people who actally care.

Barry Pharmacist, Community pharmacist

Rowlands can see that the marketplace is changing and that they will need less bricks and mortar pharmacies. They want to raise some cash before the market values fall further.

They realise that their business - like countless others, need to pivot and develop to trends or face extinction.

UK pubs still closing at a rate of 14 per week

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/02/uk-pubs-still-closing-at-a-rate-of-14-a-week/

Bike shop closure rate now at highest since the 1960s

https://www.bikebiz.com/business/bike-shop-closure-rate-now-at-highest-since-the-1960s

There is a bright future for pharmacy businesses if they can pivot to what customers / patients want going forward.

PSNC must negotiate terms to better help contractors meet this challenge. Just as the BMA is doing.

Graham Turner, Non Pharmacist Branch Manager

Bike shops are failing because bike components can be bought online much cheaper, and there are very good YouTube videos online telling you how to fix your bike instead of going to an expensive bike shop.

Pubs are closing because people do not want to buy a pint for £4 when they can drink it at home for £1, and they can smoke at home. Plus the demographic of the UK is changing rapidly, with more tee-totallers being integrated into the population.

mohamed nanji, Community pharmacist

  ever increasing Muslim population --- dont even know how to reply to such shameful comment . HOPE OTHERS WILL HELP TO REPLY.

James Waldron, Editorial

Hi Mohamed,

Please be aware that I have issued this user with a final warning as a result of the comment you have referred to.

Kind regards,

James Waldron, C+D Editor

Graham Turner, Non Pharmacist Branch Manager

Abandon ship!

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