Phar­ma­cist bids farewell

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

Af­ter more than three decades as a Pu­taruru phar­ma­cist Neil Not­tle has left the town af­ter sell­ing his Pu­taruru Unichem busi­ness.

Mr Not­tle’s fi­nal day was last Thurs­day and he has al­ready moved to Wai­w­era with his part­ner Jenny Bey­tagh.

The de­ci­sion to sell was one the pair had been con­sid­er­ing.

The busi­ness will now be man­aged by new owner Heather Wise who comes from Mata­mata.

‘‘We sort of had the idea, we weren’t in any hurry but we had a propo­si­tion deal com­ing to­gether and so we ran with it. And I am about to re­tire.

‘‘I have seen many changes here,’’ Mr Not­tle said.

He re­mem­bers when one of the present staff mem­bers had her ears pierced in the phar- macy when she was a fouryear-old.

Ms Bey­tagh said her part­ner had taken care of his cus­tomers over the years and was ded­i­cated to his work.

‘‘It is so full on, it is five days a week, some Satur­days and the oc­ca­sional Sun­day.

‘‘Most phar­ma­cies now have two phar­ma­cists but here it has just been him,’’ she said.

Mr Not­tle will be only in semi re­tire­ment – con­tin­u­ing to do re­lief work. ‘‘I think I will miss the cus­tomers and the peo­ple of Pu­taruru be­cause they are a spe­cial bunch. Some of them I have known for 30 years. It is amaz­ing be­cause when we told peo­ple what we were do­ing their jaws dropped.

‘‘I will miss the friend­ships with my staff; we are very so­cial.

‘‘It is the peo­ple that make the busi­ness,’’ he said.

MOV­ING ON: Pu­taruru Unichem phar­ma­cist Neil Not­tle has moved on af­ter a 32-year ca­reer in the town.

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