Established by exiting owners Mr Andrew and Mrs Michelle Claridge in 2012, Aqua Pharmacy is a standard hours community pharmacy with a modern fit-out and multiple consultation rooms. It dispenses NHS, private and veterinary prescription medicines, totalling an average of 3,173 items per month. The business is located on a busy street just outside Ipswich town centre, close a picturesque marina complex and University campus.
Over the years, Aqua Pharmacy has won a number of local health promotion awards, its owners were recipients of the Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk’s award in 2021 for their contribution to the delivery of vaccination services during the pandemic, and Michelle was highly commended for two successive years in the Independent Pharmacist awards for Independent Pharmacist of the Year. The business was also mentioned in the House of Commons as an example of the service delivered by community pharmacy to the public during the pandemic.
Andrew and Michelle recently decided to sell to pursue a well-earned retirement and, following a confidential sales process with Christie & Co, the business has been sold to a local multiple operator.
Mark Page, Director – Medical at Christie & Co who handled the sale, comments, “Michelle and Andrew have worked so hard throughout the pandemic, delivering lifesaving COVID vaccinations and achieving industry-leading awards and recognition, that I was delighted to have been able to help them with their retirement plans. The pharmacy continues to be the go-to clinic for on-going booster jabs in Ipswich and I’m sure this legacy will be upheld by its new owners.”
Aqua Pharmacy was sold for an undisclosed price.