Chemist Warehouse looks to New Zealand

Chemist Warehouse is planning to expand across the Tasman – maybe sooner rather than later

New Zealand’s reported over the weekend that the Australian giant has reportedly been looking for properties in the St Luke’s area of Auckland.

The web page of Kiwi pharmacy magazine Pharmacy Today states that there are “rumours flying around” about the possible move.

Chemist Warehouse chief operating officer Mario Tascone today told the AJP that while a Chemist Warehouse presence in New Zealand is a definite goal for the group, “we haven’t really got a location, time or date”.

“But we will go into New Zealand,” he says. “New Zealand is a good market, and we want to be there and bring value to it, and will open there eventually.”

He says that this is a busy period for Chemist Warehouse: “We’ve got lots of stores on the go at the moment in good and expanding areas, and that’s what’s happening all over Australia.

“We’ve got lots of new pharmacists joining, and it’s all systems go at the moment.”

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