LAVINGTON’s Terry White Chemists has been named the best of 161 stores in Australia.
Awarded the Barry Schultz Pharmacy of the Year at the Gold Coast on Tuesday night, owner Jeff Nelson said it put Lavington on the map.
“People in Western Australia know Albury-Wodonga, not Lavington,” he said.
“But now I don’t have to say Albury, I can say Lavington.”
The store, in Centro Lavington, is half the size of some of its competitor Terry White stores across the nation.
Mr Nelson believed compliance to the Terry White model and strong performance with mystery shoppers got them over the line.
Asked how he felt about beating big stores in capital cities, the pharmacist said he was “shocked”.
“It’s a real shock but it’s a tribute to the staff here and the team because they work hard and try to keep on top of things,” he said.
“It’s only through hard work that we get there.”
Wodonga’s Terry White Chemist was the top store in Victoria.