Towers Drug Co changes hands


The team at Towers Drug Co enjoying a final Christmas together last Friday – Lei Barton, Peter and Eva-Lena Crothers, Grona Chen and Christine Sheilds with Ronnie Steiner, Bianca Payne and Claire Hand (seated). PHOTO TWH

Bourke will have a new pharmacy operator following the sale of the Towers Drug Co operation to the Revive Pharmacy Group led by directors Daniel Eskander and George Shehata.

Peter and Eva-Lena Crothers have sold the Bourke Pharmacy and, next Friday 17 December, will bow out after 20 years of service to the Bourke community.

Mr Crothers said that it has been a joy and a privilege for him and Eva-Lena to serve Bourke and the surrounding areas for this time, and he was confident that the new operators would look after the needs of the Bourke community.

“While we’ve had some tough years, especially early on, and have often found it stressful, the way the local community has continually expressed appreciation and supported and encouraged us makes it all worthwhile,” Mr Crothers said.

“Daniel Eskander and George Shehata are experienced and successful rural pharmacy operators who’ve built an effective organisation of a dozen rural and remote pharmacies from western Victoria all the way up to north Queensland,” he said.

“We’re confident they’ll pay close attention to the needs of the community, listen carefully to their team, and make sensible improvements. And Bourke is booming, so the timing could hardly be better.”

Nevertheless, this is a momentous change for Bourke! The Towers Drug Co has been a Crothers family business for decades. Peter’s father, Bill Crothers, ran the pharmacy for 35 years up until 2001, when Peter bought the business.

“My father Bill came to work in the pharmacy for Harold Procter Brown in 1952 and our family has been involved with it virtually ever since – almost 70 years,” said Peter

“Dad became a partner in the business in 1961 and owned it outright from 1966.

“He and my mother Joy ran the pharmacy together the best part of 35 years and my sisters Lindy and Lisa and I all worked there while we were growing up.

“Mum and Dad had so many wonderful staff, a lot of them became lifelong family friends, and we have many happy and amusing memories.

“After a long period away from Bourke, I bought the business from Dad in September 2001 and in 2008, my wife Eva-Lena closed her business in Canberra, and came here to join me in running the pharmacy, so it’s pretty much been a family affair all along,” he said.

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