Family-run firm celebrates 25 years
7:30am Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
A FAMILY run pharmacy has celebrated 25 years of business success.
The Nash Pharmacy, Castle Street, which was opened by demolition expert Fred Dibnah on September 12, 1988, celebrated the two and a half decades of trading with a special cake, which was cut by one of its original customers — 92-year-old Amy Lovatt.
Husband and wife team behind the thriving business, Nash Patel and pharmacist Christine Tomlinson, and staff member Jackie Greenough who started out as a counter assistant in 1988 and is now office manager, were also on hand to celebrate.
Mrs Tomlinson said the business, which operates from 9am to 10pm seven days a week, had come a long way since it was first opened.
The number of staff has expanded from four to 15.
Mrs Tomlinson recalled being contacted on Christmas Day 1991 by police, just eight days after her son Krishnan was born, asking her if she would open the pharmacy because there was no chemists open in Bolton.
She said: "I left the baby with his grandparents and opened the shop at 5pm and almost immediately had a shopful of people needing medication. It was all very stressful at the time but it was the last time we closed over Christmas and we extended the hours to cope with demand.
"We have a very loyal staff and customer customer base. Many customers come into the shop and consider me a fount of all knowledge, even occasionally asking me if I can recommend a good plumber or builder. I even have people dropping in from Preston to see me and ask my medical advice and we are a bit like a triage service where we may suggest they go to a local dentist or an out of hours doctor.
"There is no doubt that our success is based on being part of the community and we look forward to the next 25 years."
During the day-long celebrations chocolates and free beauty samples were also provided.
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