Co Armagh family business opens third community pharmacy

Expansion into Gilford comes as part of a six-figure Ulster Bank-backed investment

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Pharmacist Matthew Hunter (left) with Ulster Bank senior relationship manager Danny McGivern

A family-run pharmacy group has acquired its third community pharmacy in the Craigavon area as part of a six-figure Ulster Bank-backed investment, marking a significant milestone as the business approaches three decades of service.

The Hunter family opened their first business, Eden Pharmacy, in Portadown in 1995 and expanded into nearby Richhill in 1996 with a second store.

Matthew Hunter, a second-generation pharmacist, will now take the reins of Parkes Pharmacy in Gilford, which he says reinforces the family’s commitment to deliver accessible healthcare solutions.

He added: “This is a community we know well. We have very strong relationships with our service users and with healthcare providers throughout Craigavon area.

“When the opportunity came up to purchase Parkes Pharmacy we saw this as a chance to extend our reach and to ensure the local community continues to have access to safe and reliable over-the-counter services.”

The addition of the new Gilford site brings the total headcount to 25 staff and allows a 50%-plus increase in the overall prescription capacity the group can facilitate through its dispensaries.

Ulster Bank senior relationship manager Danny McGivern said: “Eden and Richhill pharmacies have provided a vital community service for decades now and that longevity is a reflection of the dedication and quality of care delivered by the Hunter family.

“This acquisition will secure access to important healthcare advice and treatments for thousands of service users, and we’re very pleased to have provided the funding facilities to make that possible.”