Welwyn Garden City chemist seals move to new Sainsbury’s

PUBLISHED: 17:48 26 October 2011




FEARS for the future of a Welwyn Garden City town centre chemist have been allayed.

Uttam and Gita Amliwalla feared City Pharmacy, which they have run in Church Road for 30 years, would be forced out of business after Sainsbury’s announced plans to open an embedded chemist in its new-look store.

But after months of negotiations, the Welwyn Hatfield Times can reveal, the Amliwallas have agreed to relocate their business to the pharmacy in Sainsbury’s when it opens next month.

The talks were chaired by town stalwart and former councillor Dr Dennis Lewis.

He said: “Sainsbury’s willingness to talk about the future of the City Pharmacy was a key step towards finding a solution to the problem.

“I am delighted that, as a result of their open attitude, and the flexibility shown, we shall have three satisfied parties – Sainsbury’s, Uttam and Gita Amliwalla, and the loyal public in WGC.

“It’s not often that we get a win/win/win situation!”

Mr Amliwalla said: “We have spent 30 years serving the needs of the local population and we would like to thank our loyal customers and friends for their continued support.

“We look forward to seeing all at the new pharmacy.”

Mr Amliwalla added: “I would like particularly to acknowledge the consistent and wise help and support given to us by our dear friend of many years, Dr Lewis.

“In his determination to find a solution to our problem, he worked hard to set up the key meeting with Sainsbury’s from which all else flowed. He should be given a knighthood!”

David Gilder, Sainsbury’s professional services manager, said “We are pleased a decision has been reached to secure Mr and Mrs Amliwalla’s future and look forward to working with them in the new store.

“Sainsbury’s customers will be able to access a full pharmacy service, with the experience and knowledge of Mr and Mrs Amliwalla, while they undertake their weekly shop when the new store launches on November 16.”

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