This is a success story for a Tasmanian business owner and shows you can succeed with business in Tasmania. It is also good news for consumers to see a discount chain expanding in Tasmania.
Another link in the chain
IT appears big, cheap, chain-store pharmacies were just what the doctor ordered in Tasmania.
Azman Haroon’s family established Tasmania’s first two Chemist Warehouse stores in 2005.
In the six years since then, four more Tasmanian sites have been added to the Chemist Warehouse stable of pharmacies.
Yesterday, the latest store, in the former Angus & Robertson bookstore premises on the corner of Collins and Elizabeth streets, opened its doors.
“It is a prime site and a great opportunity,” Mr Haroon said.
“People had told us they were screaming out for a Chemist Warehouse right in the middle of the city, so we expect the new store to do well.”
Mr Haroon believes Tasmania has room for up to 15 Chemist Warehouse stores and the family franchise is looking to expand further into Launceston and the North-West soon.
The first Chemist Warehouse stores in Tasmania opened in Murray St in Hobart and Charles St in Launceston on the same day January 31, 2005.
Then in 2009, Mr Haroon took a gamble and rebadged the Amcal Pharmacy in Sorell, where his father had worked, as a Chemist Warehouse. It was a bet which paid off.
“We really thought the Chemist Warehouse style of big-box store would do best in large urban areas but the Sorell site has done extremely well since day one,” Mr Haroon said yesterday.
His stores moved into New Town in 2010 and Glenorchy this year and those have been a success too.
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