Today marks the first official day of the rebranding of Sainsbury’s pharmacies to LloydsPhamacy.
The news comes after the national competition watchdog in July gave the conditional greenlight for LloydsPharmacy to acquire 281 pharmacies from Sainsbury’s for £125 million.
As part of the transition process, from today all of those pharmacies are now officially LloydsPharmacy branches, with over 2500 new people joining the LloydsPharmacy network.
Overnight, 277 shop-in-shop pharmacies received new counter and shelf edge point of sale materials, and all pharmacy teams wore the new uniform and name badges when they opened for business.
Four hospital pharmacies have also been transferred as part of the transaction.
In addition, every rebranded pharmacy in Sainsbury’s will be visited by a colleague from a nearby “buddy” LloydsPharmacy store to meet new colleagues and provide operational support.
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.”
With the addition of Sainsbury’s pharmacies, there are now around 1800 LloydsPharmacy branches around the UK, employing more than 19,000 people.