THE Lloyds Pharmacy Health Village on the Lakeside Retail park is set to shut its doors on New Years Eve, only a year after it first opened.
The village opened in December 2011 and was designed as a “one-stop shop” for all your health needs.
At the time, the managing director of Lloydspharmacy, Tony Page said: “The healthcare needs of local communities are increasingly changing and with our community pharmacy experience as well as the expertise provided by our partner companies, we’re perfectly positioned to offer a suite of personalised, convenient health and wellbeing services all under one roof.
But it wasn’t to be and it appears that they are shutting both their Brent Cross and Lakeside stores.
General Manager of the Thurrock health village, Vince Herrera-Leon said:
“The Health Village concept was originally designed to provide our customers with a retail health centre with all of “your health needs under one roof”. The intention was to create a world class shopping environment, containing all the products and services needed to maintain health, and staffed by experts providing sector leading service levels.
“Our view is this is exactly what we created, and that is a credit to all the teams that were involved with the project all the way from the beginning to the ongoing day to day running of the two sites.
“Unfortunately, the decision to base the Health Villages on a retail park, on reflection was wrong as the customer numbers and shopping habits did not support the Health Village concept.
We are therefore closing both sites with Thurrock closing and cease trading on Monday 31st December 2012.