The pharmacy team, from left, Akshaya Rajan, Asha Liberts and Furisha Haniff.
The new Snells Beach Medical Centre has another feather in its cap following the opening of a Unichem pharmacy, adding to services provided by the doctors and a dentist.
The pharmacy is owned and operated by the developers of the building, Furisha and Hifazal Haniff.
Hifazal is a property developer while Furisha is a pharmacist. It has always been their dream to build a medical centre in Snells Beach.
“We saw building a medical a centre as a way to benefit the area for generations, and we have used all local tradespeople,” Furisha says.
Furisha was the managing owner of the pharmacy at the Warkworth Medical Centre on Alnwick Street until 2015. The couple eventually sold up so they could take a break and have children.
They are well and truly back in business, owning two pharmacies in Christchurch and now one in Snells Beach.
The new pharmacy will give residents of the growing area more options for their medical needs.
It is part of the network of more than 250 Unichem nationwide and will have competitive pricing as well as monthly promotions.
Furisha says it will also be the only pharmacy in the Snells Beach area that offers vaccination.
“It’s a one-stop shop right next door to the doctors, so if there are any issues with scripts we can sort it out right away. It’s very convenient, especially for the elderly,” she says.
The pharmacy also does free delivery of prescription medicines to homes within the area.
It retails all the usual medical stock as well as beauty products. Anything that is not stocked can be ordered in for customers.
Furisha says she is looking forward to meeting new customers in Snells Beach.
The pharmacy has taken on a qualified pharmacist from the North Shore and a local retail person.