Falkirk pharmacy is just what the doctor ordered

MSP Michael Matheson opens the new Callendar Pharmacy premises with owners Richard Grahame (left) and Ronald Badger, along with staff''Picture: Michael Gillen

MSP Michael Matheson opens the new Callendar Pharmacy premises with owners Richard Grahame (left) and Ronald Badger, along with staff''Picture: Michael Gillen

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A move to bigger premises was the perfect prescription for an independent pharmacy – and it has brought additional jobs.

Set up four years ago by Ron Badger and Richard Grahame, Callendar Pharmacy operated out of a unit next to Falkirk bus station.

However, as the business grew the need for bigger premises became apparent and the pair approached their bank for help with funding.

Stuart Frame, relationship director at The Royal Bank of Scotland was able to help through the bank’s participation in the government’s Funding for Lending Scheme.

This allowed the pharmacy to relocate to its new location on the High Street, opposite Callendar Square.

Ron and Richard, who also own two further chemists in Jedburgh and Roslin, have purchased the prime location, increasing their floor space from the 800sq. ft in their former premises to 5000 sq. ft over two floors.

They hope to refit the first floor as treatment rooms and medical suites early next year.

Other plans include a dedicated travel vaccination service, as well as deliveries for local care homes. All of these are anticipated to increase turnover from the current £1.2 million to £2 million within five years.

Ron said: “Having both worked in the town and with experience of how the large pharmacies were operating, it was obvious there was space in the market for an independent pharmacy which is why we originally bought the contract from Tesco.”

Richard said: “Since we opened recently, our retail sales have more than doubled and prescription levels are up 20 per cent.”

The move has seen the 12 employees in the team inbcreasing their work hours and the creation of two additional positions.