By Mark Davidson
Real estate company British Land is helping health & beauty retailer Boots launch a ground breaking drive-thru pharmacy at its retail park in Northampton, it emerged today.
Opening in May 2011 the new store will be a first drive-thru pharmacy in the UK, a format already popular throughout the US.
It will be the second drive-thru store at the St James Retail Park following the opening of a Starbucks at the site earlier this year.
Commenting on the latest additions, Simon Meacock, Asset Manager at British Land, said: “We are proud to be opening this new concept store with Boots, and feel that the drive-thru element will be very popular - allowing shoppers to visit St James Park at their own convenience.”
Boots’ plans for a drive-thru stores demonstrate the increasing popularity of retail parks with both consumers and retailers, but also the show how retailers are trying to make it more convenient for customers to collect prescription drugs.
Last July Sainsbury’s trialled prescription vending machines at two of its stores in an attempt to speed up the drugs collection process.
This latest announcement from British Land comes after it announced its latest figures for the three months leading up to December 31st 2010 where profit-before-tax rose ten per cent to £64 million.
Chris Grigg, CEO of British Land, said: “This is a strong financial performance from British Land which reflects the good progress we have made right across the business during what has been a busy quarter.”