Sunday trade can boost Bellingen
A COMMERCIAL decision to better meet the health needs of local residents is being seen as a catalyst for change and growth in Bellingen.
The Bellingen Pharmacy is now opening between 9am and noon on Sundays, and there are high hopes that other traders will follow suit.
The co-owner of the Bellingen Pharmacy, Roy Walker, said the response to the decision to open on a Sunday was more than justified last weekend.
“We filled 14 prescriptions for people who would have otherwise had to travel to Coffs Harbour which has the only other pharmacy which opens on a Sunday,” Mr Walker said.
“But more significantly six of those scripts were for antibiotics,” he said.
“Had we not been open those antibiotics would have had to be issued by the Bellingen hospital dispensary and therefore depleted available supplies. I’ve been a hospital pharmacist and know how important it is to maintain stocks and how difficult it can be to replenish them.”
The owner of Emporium Bellingen, Anne Rosewood, has enthusiastically welcomed the pharmacy’s decision on Sunday trading.
“In my 20 plus years of running Emporium Bellingen I’ve always considered Sunday trading a critical component of my business,” Mrs Rosewood said.
“I’m now planning to add some extra elements to my product mix to increase traffic on a Sunday and would urge others to consider doing the same,” she said.
“For many, Sunday is one of the few days they can shop at a relaxed pace. We have the opportunity to make Bellingen a destination for Sunday shoppers. If more retailers and cafes open, it will bring our beautiful town to life.”