End of an era at pharmacy

After 40 years of being in a pharmacist, Waiuku’s Kevin Daly is hanging up his apron for good.

Retiring has been a thought that Kevin has mulled over for the last two years, and now, he believes the time is right to begin a new chapter of life.

“It has really been the people of Waiuku that have been my inspiration, and I don’t want to be working forever. I have had some of my customers be in here today, and gone tomorrow. I am now at that stage where I would like to enjoy life with my grandchildren and wife, Raewyn.”

Friday 31 March, was his last day the pharmacy and Kevin will not renew his pharmacist licence.

“It was very carefully considered, as once I confirm that I will not renew it, that’s it, I cannot go back. Last year I was given the opportunity to sell my shares in the business, and since then, I have been working three days a week.”

Kevin began his career in Manurewa, South Auckland, before moving to Waiuku nearly 20 years ago. Since then, he has been the cheerful face behind the Unichem Pharmacy on Queen Street, Waiuku and says that he is going to miss hearing the stories his customers share with him.

“What people put up with, and have to go through in their lives, is very inspirational. I am often left wondering, ‘how do they pick themselves up and move on?’ We really do have so many amazing and wonderful people in our local community.”

Kevin says that pharmacies today have completely changed from how they used to be.

“It is almost a bit of a bygone era. I remember the days where I would give out my home phone number so that customers could get me after hours for emergencies, like needing an inhaler. We were really customer focused and about providing that additional care where we could. You wouldn’t be caught dead doing that now.”

However, he says that they still pride themselves on customer service at the pharmacy.

“This was taught to me by Don Barker, the previous owner. He always insisted on customer focus. There is a great team there, and the pharmacy will always be my baby. I am really going to miss it, but I am also looking forward to this new lease on life.”

Kevin would like to thank the Waiuku community and his loyal customers for the years of continued support, and reiterates just how important it is to back local businesses.

“Unfortunately, we can’t stay still. The world certainly doesn’t and it moves on, fast. Waiuku is changing, and we have to accept it. The people who move here fell in love with the village atmosphere, however, we have to support the local environment and businesses, otherwise they will disappear, along with the reasons why we fell in love with this town.”

The Post Newspaper would to like to thank Kevin for his support, and wish him and Raewyn all the best for the future—enjoy taking the grand kids fishing Kevin!