Michael Daniel manages Goonellabah Chemist Warehouse
Michael Daniel manages Goonellabah Chemist Warehouse

Goonellabah’s Chemist Warehouse on the move

THE MOVE has begun for staff at the Chemist Warehouse as they transfer stock into their new 25% bigger premises at Goonellabah.

Managing Partner, Pharmacist Kate Daniel, said after eight years they had outgrown their current premises and were looking forward to opening their new store at the East Point Shopping Centre next Monday, November 23.

Same products, different location

Customers - don't fear - you will still be able to get all your favourite Chemist Warehouse products at Goonellabah's East Point Shopping Centre.

"We've outgrown our current retail space and the store has definitely got busier with more and more customers coming in," Mrs Daniel said.

"So we needed a bigger retail space to increase or range of products and to provide a better service to the customer."

To accommodate the move, the Spar Supermarket reduced its footprint on the shopping centre's retail space.

"Spar was looking to downsize to focus on what they do best and we were looking to increase our retail space," she said.

"So it was a win, win for all parties involved."

Two extra aisles

A 25% increase in floor space from 400 to 500 square metres has allowed the store to have two extra aisles, and more than 80 extra bays to display products.

Mrs Daniel said the store also featured an expanded store room for deliveries and a consultation room for customers.

"The new store will be a lot more customer friendly and accessible, especially for the elderly and mothers with prams," she said.

"With a bigger store we are able to carry additional items in sports nutrition, vitamins, baby products and household items."

Renovations underway

Over the past week-and-a-half the floors have been redone in the new retail space, the shelving has been erected and is being stocked with products.

Mrs Daniel said she hoped the business will continue to grow so she can add to the between 30 and 40 full-time and part-time staff they currently employ.

"We hope the move will increase sales, and as our sales increase we will be able to employ more staff," she said.

"We have employed and trained three Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders through their school based traineeship program.

"All three are still working for us."

The move leaves open the potential for four new tenants to occupy the former Chemist Warehouse premises at East Point Shopping Centre.

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