Tak­ing over her own work­place

San­dra buys Health 2000 busi­ness

Whanganui Midweek - - NEWS - By PAUL BROOKS

San­dra Brun­ner is the new owner of Health 2000 in Vic­to­ria Ave.

“I al­ways said I would love to do it if I can,” she said.

San­dra is a reg­u­lar be­hind the Health 2000 counter on Tues­days and Thurs­days and has worked there for 12 years, as an em­ployee of Har­vey and Linda Green. Now, while she in­tends to still work on those days, she will be there more of­ten as busi­ness owner.

All the cur­rent staff will re­main and lit­tle will change in the short term. While she does have some new ideas, she also has to keep within the guide­lines of the Health 2000 co-op­er­a­tive.

Af­ter an open day last Satur­day, San­dra will now work with the ex­ist­ing store team — Cindy Munn, nutritionist and her­bal­ist, Michelle Hill, natur­opath and Renske Power, acupunc­tur­ist. In the mean­time San­dra will con­tinue her Aramoho natur­opa­thy clinic.

Health 2000 is a New Zealand com­pany with its ware­house in Hamil­ton. This year it cel­e­brated 25 years in busi­ness. The Whanganui store started 15 years ago.

San­dra at­tended the Health 2000 na­tional con­fer­ence in September.

“It was great to be part of the big­ger thing and I like be­ing part of Health 2000.”

She says the co-op­er­a­tive model is less re­stric­tive than a fran­chise and there is more democ­racy in­volved, with store own­ers hav­ing a say in the busi­ness.

“It’s like a big fam­ily. It will be nice to ex­change knowl­edge with [store own­ers]. We have train­ing days in Auck­land which I will try and at­tend.”

San­dra loves the Whanganui busi­ness and has learned a lot about it over the past 12 years, and did not hes­i­tate when the of­fer to pur­chase came.

San­dra came to New Zealand from Switzer­land and loves Whanganui, although she tries to get back to Switzer­land every year.

Spe­cial­ist health shops are un­known in her home coun­try.

“This shop suits me. I never felt like not go­ing to work,” she says. “I’m lucky to have a job that’s my passion and in­ter­est.”

PIC­TURE / PAUL BROOKS

San­dra Brun­ner has taken over own­er­ship of Health 2000 in Vic­to­ria Ave.

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