ONE of Strabane’s Medicare stores looks set to close, with the potential loss of up to five jobs.
This development was confirmed by the company’s managing director this week, although Michael Guerin was also at pains to emphasise that nothing is as yet certain.
Mr Guerin said that due to the current lease expiring at the Pavilion store, the decision was taken to consult with staff over a possible closure.
“We are considering closing the health and beauty store at the Pavilion,” Mr Guerin confirmed. “It’s not (a certainty) but with the lease expiring we’re legally obliged to consult with staff… and we are consulting to see what their thoughts are.
“We may be closing that branch.”
Mr Guerin also suggested overhead costs as another determining factor.
Medicare currently has five outlets in Strabane and according to the company website, the business has 54 retail pharmacies across the North. The company is also the largest indigenous pharmacy group in Northern Ireland and employs over 600 staff, including 70 pharmacies.
“As far as we are concerned, the shop is in profit,” a Medicare member of staff from Strabane remarked.
The worker, who preferred not to be named, described the possible closure as “very strange.”
“Nobody knows what is happening,” they continued. “At the minute they’re looking for voluntary redundancies but no-one wants to lose their job.
“As far as we know, the five people (losing their jobs) could be three full-timers and two Saturday staff.”