The first Clicks in-store pharmacy opened up ten years ago today, give or take, in Glengariff Street, Seapoint, so time for a greatest hits album, don’t you think, or a commemorative box-set of generic headache pills? Take it away, boys: since then, the group has added another 330 in-store pharmacies in over 440 of its stores. Pharmacy reeled in R2.9billion in 2013, and now accounts for a whacking 26% of the business. Clicks own 18% of the pharmacy market here and are aiming at 30% as corporate pharmacies grow their share to 50-60% of the market in line with international numbers. When Clicks opened in the then-groovy St Georges Mall location in 1968, it was originally conceived of as a drugstore. It was only in 2003, after lobbying, in which Clicks itself played a significant role, that legislation was passed, allowing corporate ownership of pharmacies and the dispensing of pharmaceuticals.
Comment: And the rest, as they say, is history.