Sainsbury's pharmacy teams welcomed by Celesio
Some 281 Sainsburys pharmacies have now become LloydsPharmacy branches as part of the transaction agreed last year between Sainsburys and LloydsPharmacy owner Celesio UK.
Overnight on 31 August, 277 in-store pharmacies received new counter and shelf edge point of sale materials and staff were given a new uniform and name badges. Four hospital pharmacies have also been transferred as part of the transaction.
In total 2500 Sainsbury’s staff have transferred to LloydsPharmacy.
All 277 Sainsbury’s pharmacies have been linked to a ‘buddy’ LloydsPharmacy store which will provide operational support. Each store will also be supported by an area manager and an integration coach.
While new pharmacy bags and labels have been introduced, the rebranding of the pharmacies will be a gradual process over an eight month period.
LloydsPharmacy managing director Cormac Tobin said: “I’m delighted that today we can officially welcome our new colleagues from Sainsbury’s as they become part of the Celesio UK family of businesses and make a wonderful addition to our LloydsPharmacy retail network of stores.
“Sainsbury’s is a fantastic fit for us, we share similar values and aspirations and we are both passionate about excellent customer service and making a positive impact on the communities we serve. Together we will create even greater opportunities and give our customers and patients compelling reasons to come back to us time and time again.”
With the addition of Sainsbury’s pharmacies, there are now around 1800 LloydsPharmacy branches employing more than 19,000 people.
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