Vanguard Pharmacy, one of the largest and fastest growing pharmacy retail chains in Nigeria, has opened a new branch in the interior part of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
Located along Ologuneru-Eruwa Road, Ibadan, the new branch, which officially opened on 10 April 2020, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, has been described as affirming the mission of the company in “creating smart health benefits for people to succeed and thrive”.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Vanguard Pharmacy, Pharm. Taofik Oladipupo Odukoya, said the company is committed living up to the expectation of creating a one-stop environment that portrays value and culture of excellence.
He explained that the brand is in a transformation and scaling stage, as it intends to roll out more branches before the year ends and many more within the next five years.
“It was indeed challenging to meet the tight construction deadline during the COVID-19 period as our store is designed to seat on about 750 square-meter shop floor space, but the resolve of the entire team made it happen,” he admitted.
The Vanguard Pharmacy boss also revealed that the new outlet has immediately begun to record success in and around the immediate environment.
Also speaking at the occasion, Kawthar Bolajoko Odukoya, co-founder and executive director, Vanguard Pharmacy, said the expansion is in line with the vision of the brand to “transform pharmacy practice through efficient and innovative delivery of quality products and services that benefit the general public.”
He added: “The global pandemic was not a limiting factor in the success story. The public should expect more branches openings on our journey to transformation”, she remarked.
Also speaking at the opening, Pharm. Femi Banjo, the branch manager, Vanguard Pharmacy, averred: “Our commitment to the community is to provide smart health benefits for people to succeed and thrive. We are your one stop shop.”
Mr Blessing Ojo-Thomas, head, human resources, added: “Transforming pharmacy practice to ensure people succeed and thrive remains our resolve and we are ever willing to journey all the way, as we continually build our culture of excellence in the heart of our customers.”
In addition, Pharm. Adedoyin A. Osho, head, pharmacy business, noted that the Ologuneru branch is a dream come true, describing it as “a remarkable example of ‘against all odds’. Despite the emergence of COVID-19, the branch came to be in record time. It is our pleasure to always provide quality products, top- notch services and smart health benefits for our community.”