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Pharmacist Paul Hughes on the household enterprise serving Enniskillen for greater than 60 years

Pharmacist Paul Hughes on the family business serving Enniskillen for more than 60 years

Staying in enterprise for greater than six a long time isn’t any imply feat, however Enniskillen pharmacist Paul Hughes says he’s simply carrying on the groundwork laid out by his mom Laura.

Laura J Hughes first opened Hughes Pharmacy on Belmore Road in 1955, earlier than her son Paul got here on board in 1985 the place the 2 labored facet by facet for a few years.

Whereas Laura sadly handed away six years in the past, Paul takes delight in the truth that he has continued on her custom of treating those who come into the store as mates in addition to prospects.

“In 1955 my mom began the pharmacy in Belmore Road, clearly at the moment it was only a small wee store as pharmacies tended to be at the moment,” Paul instructed MyFermanagh.

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“We lived subsequent door, our townhouse was subsequent door and that is the place I used to be raised.

“She rowed the boat by herself till I graduated in Sunderland. After working in England for just a few years I got here dwelling and joined the enterprise in 1985.

“The 2 of us labored collectively for just a few years after which we took over one other pharmacy in Newtownbutler.

“We have had the 2 pharmacies since that and myself and my mom have run them.

“She labored in them effectively into her 80s and he or she noticed the pharmacy as a mirrored image of herself.

“She constructed up a camaraderie with all of her sufferers, we have been all the time and all the time have tried to be a really sufferers based mostly enterprise.

“That was then reciprocated down the years once you discovered that generations of the identical household stored coming again to the pharmacy.”

Paul says he now offers with prospects who’re grandchildren of those that got here into his mom’s premises, and says that may be a signal that they’re doing one thing proper.

“I’m now coping with individuals who would have been grandchildren of people that my mom would have handled.

“We glance upon that as a stamp of approval that we’re doing one thing proper when the individuals preserve coming again to us.

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“The truth that we’re an Enniskillen household, she was a Fermanagh lady, I used to be born and raised in Fermanagh, we’re the one Enniskillen household now operating a pharmacy right here within the city.

“It makes us really feel increasingly at dwelling right here and folks acknowledge us and might come to us for recommendation and steerage.”

Instances have modified through the years nevertheless, Paul added, and the idea of the neighborhood pharmacy is not as robust because it as soon as was.

“We have now turn into almost like a multi faceted well being service ourselves, it means that you’ve got much less and fewer private time along with your prospects.

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“I keep in mind in her day my mom would have had a dialog with each single buyer that got here by the door.

“Folks have much less and fewer time for that now, and also you simply be so busy and beneath strain because the variety of prescriptions going out is simply going up and up.

“That mentioned, we delight ourselves on being a neighborhood based mostly pharmacy and we all the time considered ourselves as being within the coronary heart of our neighborhood and that is how we see ourselves nonetheless.”

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