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Pharmacists make lifestyle move to Mangawhai


pharma-581There's a new face at Mangawhai Pharmacy recently, that of pharmacist Lanny Wong who, along with husband Ben Oldfield (also a pharmacist), have become partners with Yvette Urlich in the ownership of the business. Lanny and Ben originally lived in Whangarei, both working in areas of pharmacy management, before moving to Auckland.

Now, with two youngsters at pre-school they decided upon a lifestyle/business offering a little more family time and a less hectic lifestyle. “We didn’t know Mangawhai well at all,” says Lanny, “but the business opportunity came up and the idea of living in a small town with a growing community and having closer customer contact really appealed to us.”

The move presented a challenge, she says, but it was one they were ready to meet. Lanny says she's looking forward to meeting everyone in the community and forming relationships with customers and families on a more personal basis. “Service should be about caring and a positive relationship with the community.

Interest should be in customers’ needs rather than just an ‘over the counter’ service. Having time for your customers is really important," she says, "it’s not all about medicine. In saying that the staff are happy to give advice on a wide range of complaints and ailments so don’t be afraid to ask.” Lanny supports Yvette's sponsorship of local events and says it's great to be involved in the community. She also likes the idea of building a close relationship with doctors, physios and other local practitioners.

Pharmacies nowadays are much more than outlets for filling prescriptions and medicines. You can check out Mangawhai Pharmacy's impressive range of Christmas gift ideas, an stock up on everything you need for the summer holidays - sunscreen, insect repellent, hats, footwear, sunglasses and beach bags. Designer brands of delightful ‘smellies’ for both girls and guys are great for last minute stocking-fillers, plus there's lip balms, nail polish, cosmetics, and of course, all the lotions and potions you need for head to toe pampering - the complete summer package.

There's also a locally made range of natural soaps and candles offering divine aromas for rich relaxation and if you get in quick there may even be some Christmas decorations in stock.

And don't miss the Mangawhai Pharmacy Christmas Shopping Day from 9am to 5.30pm on Friday 22nd December and receive 10 per cent off all gift lines, plus balloons for the kids, Christmas nibbles, and the chance to win a Christmas Gift Hamper valued at $250!
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