Supermarket move bad for pharmacies
I’m disappointed to see that a pharmacy has opened up in the middle of Countdown.
I understand it’s the 24th such business in Countdown supermarkets in the country.
Of course, it will be an advantage to some customers if the cost of prescriptions is $2.50 instead of $5. And no doubt it will lower the price of some items to below cost to lure customers into the supermarket but, apart from that, I can’t see much advantage for Whanganui.
There are already half a dozen pharmacies in town, all with their regular and loyal customers.
Another one can only have the usual effect of chain stores of lessening the viability of established, locally-owned businesses which are part of our community.
Several years ago our local pharmacist paid an eye-watering sum for a collection of local historic photos which could easily have left Whanganui. And then she promptly donated them to the museum.
That is the sort of magnanimous gesture that Countdown’s capitalist imperative does not encourage.
I am disappointed to see the supermarket chain’s move and will continue to patronise my local pharmacy. I D FERGUSON Great North Rd
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