A THREATENED chemist has set up shop in a nearby doctor’s surgery, which was given permission to open its own pharmacy in a planning appeal.
Croasdales Chemist, which already has a shop in Tallou Court, has opened a second in Mount Farm Surgery, in neighbouring Lawson Place, a premises it already paid for, named Croasdales Mountpharm Chemist.
The move, two weeks ago, followed a decision on appeal to overturn St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s previous rejection of the surgery’s plans to convert part of its building into a pharmacy, which could still go ahead.
“It’s a decision we feel we were forced to make to protect the business,” said Nick Cooper, from Croasdales.
He added: “There’s absolutely no doubt in my mind, if we hadn’t moved back into the surgery, Croasdales on Moreton Hall wouldn’t have survived - we were so dependent on scripts that originated from the Mount Farm Surgery.”
Mount Farm partner Sue Brown said Croasdales’ lease at the surgery will not run out until 2013.
“The premises is much smaller and we hope they will be able to do a good service for our patients but we’re going to keep our options open and decide, as we see how things develop, whether to proceed with our plans or not,” she said.
The new premises does not have space to keep retail products on open display, meaning that over-the-counter medicines are not as readily available, but the chemist is trying to supply them by storing them at the original site and moving them across.
Its customers can now make use of a repeat prescription service and can look forward to the original site stocking gift products such as perfumes.
Mr Cooper is keen to ‘let the community decide what they want’ and wants people to tell him what is missing from Moreton Hall.
“Although people may feel they’ve lost Croasdales, it’s still very much an independent service,” he said.