How to Build a Successful Pharmacy in 5 Steps.

By December 9, 2019 January 12th, 2020 Pharmacy

How to Build a Successful Pharmacy in 5 Steps.

Pharmacies play an important role in any community, many people rely on pharmacists for advice on various health issues and problems. According to the Roy Morgan Image of profession survey in 2017, Pharmacist were the third most trusted profession in Australia.

It is for this reason that a pharmacy fit-out needs to have an inviting and friendly feel to it, allowing customers to feel welcome and comfortable. Whilst also maintaining professionality, with a design that is spacious, well-lit and aesthetically pleasing to look at.

If you are a pharmacist looking to upgrade your store or create an entire new space, then these are the things to consider… here are 5 steps to help create an award wining pharmacy store.

1. Budget.

How much are you prepared to spend on your new pharmacy fit-out?

This needs to be a realistic figure, keeping in mind possible unforeseen variations could occur during the fit-out process, resulting in further costs.

Speak with any other business members or people involved in the finance of the project to ensure everyone is on the same page.

2. Plan Ahead.

Before you start the process of receiving quotes from several shop fitters, you need to ensure you have detailed architectural plans of the proposed fit-out. This allows shop-fitting to provide you with an accurate quote rather than a ballpark figure which could leave you with huge unforeseen variation costs.

It’s recommended you hire a professional fit-out company who specialises in pharmacies. With their experience you can carefully create a layout that will not only attract customers but allow employees to work seamlessly.

3. Design & Layout.

The pharmaceutical sphere is competitive and rapidly evolving. When you begin to think about the design and layout of your new pharmacy, it’s a good idea to catch up on current design trends first. This will provide some inspiration for how to make your pharmacy stand-out among all the others.

Here are a few things to considered during the design process:

  • Keep the floor plan simple. You don’t want to make it difficult for customers to navigate around your store and each section should be clearly labelled to make it easier to find items.
  • Make use of neutral and light colours for the wall and floors of the pharmacy, this will make you space appear larger, and draw attention to brightly colour products displayed on shelves.  Darker colours can be used for the service counter and for parts of the pharmacy you want to accent. Avoid using pattern designs
  • Take extra care when planning the dispensary area. Dispensaries are the core to any pharmacy and can get extremely busy. With this in mind, it’s important to position shelving, counters, fast and slow movers all in a way that optimises workflow and allows for the easy movement of employees.

For more information on the perfect pharmacy layout, here are some more tips from the  PBA Health.

4. Utilise Space.

Storage is extremely important for any pharmacy. A common issue most pharmacies come across is finding space to store all their excess stock. A professional builder with experience in pharmacy fit-out will be aware of tips and tricks you can utilise to optimise you space.

5. Lighting.

Lighting is crucial for the overall shop design. All areas should be well lit so that employees can clearly see what they are working on and customers can easily identify products. Many modern pharmacies incorporate LED lighting on shelving to highlight products too.

Hopefully now, you have a better idea of the pharmacy fit-out process. There is no single pharmacy fit-out that will work for every shop but, as we have highlighted above there are several important factors you need to consider when it comes to the construction. ImpeccaBuild has extensive experience in pharmacy fit-outs, our team has the talent, skills and knowledge need to meet your expectations.

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