Boots has announced the acquisition of Hogan’s Pharmacy, Main Street, Tramore. It is the first acquisition of its kind for the group which has to date opened 48 stores across Ireland.

The takeover will see the store fully re-branded and opening under its new Boots identity during the summer. In the meantime it will be business as usual. There will be no job losses, with all existing staff retained.

Speaking on the acquisition, Rhys Iley, Director of Boots Ireland, commented, said they were delighted to have acquired such an excellent community pharmacy and aimed to continue to provide local residents with expert healthcare. He added: “This acquisition is what we hope will be the first of many for Boots, in line with our long-term plan to acquire further community pharmacies to join our growing portfolio throughout Ireland.

“Once re-branded, in keeping with all Boots stores, visitors to the Tramore store can look forward to an exciting and innovative range of pharmacy and non pharmacy healthcare products, vitamins, cosmetics, No7, toiletries, photo products, electrical beauty products and baby products, in a customer friendly environment”.

The Hogan pharmacy is almost 90 years in existence and has latterly been run by Diarmuid O’Flynn.

Boots first came to Waterford City in 1999, opening in Barronstrand St. in May of that year.