Healthpoint Chemist Group commenced operations in Mackay in 1979, opening their Alfred Street Pharmacy. In January 1981, Walkerston Pharmacy in Dutton Street opened with both Chemists operating with only one staff member. Mackay Day & Night Pharmacy in Sydney Street opened on 14 April 1981 with just five staff members.
There was no ‘365 day a year, day and night’ pharmacy anywhere in the district in 1981. The vision was for the Day & Night Pharmacy to be open 365 days a year from 8am to 9pm and be large enough to offer all the items you could want from a pharmacy, plus MORE!!! Mackay Day & Night Pharmacy very soon became an iconic part of Mackay’s CBD and still is today.
There are now five pharmacies in the Mackay region operating under the Healthpoint name.
We currently employ around 85 employees in Mackay.
We have thankfully survived the region’s major floods, but in December/January 1990-91, when Mackay received 100 inches as a result of Cyclone Joy, significant parts of the old pharmacy building were destroyed by the torrential rain. In 1995, when the new Day & Night Pharmacy fit out was completed, it was awarded Runner Up in the Queensland Retailers ‘Retail fit out’ Award. In 2000 the business was awarded the AIM Owner/Operator Business of the Year Award.
Healthpoint Chemist Group sponsors many community groups and is a major sponsor of the Mackay Eisteddfod Association, Brothers Rugby League, Relay for Life and supports self-help groups such as the Leukaemia Foundation, cancer appeals, prostate cancer awareness, mental health initiatives, diabetes groups, the local hospitals and many charity groups.
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