Pharmacist bids farewell
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.