Belfast Telegraph

Gordons Chemist presents trade body with memento of founder

By Jamie Stinson

Gordons Chemists has presented the pharmacist trade body with a silver pestle and mortar in memory of one of the chain's founders.

Neil Gordon, who set up the chemist's along with brother Robert, died in June last year after a long battle with cancer.

The brothers opened their first chemist in Donaghdee in 1980. It has now grown to 52 stores in Northern Ireland and a further nine in Scotland, and employs around 800 people.

The gift will take "pride of place" in the boardroom of Community Pharmacy Northern Ireland (CPNI) on Annadale Avenue in Belfast. Mr Gordon was a member of the PCC (the predecessor of the CPNI) board for seven years and was awarded the Fellowship of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland in 2013.

While a pestle and mortar is commonly associated with cooking, it was used for preparing medicines in the past.

Robert Gordon, director at Gordons Chemist's, said: "It seemed fitting that we marked Neil's time on the board in some way and we are delighted that Gerard and Paul were happy to accept this piece in his memory".

Gerard Greene, chief executive of CPNI, added: "The mortar and pestle will serve as a permanent reminder of Neil's support and we are extremely grateful to Robert and all associated with Gordons for presenting this to CPNI.

"Neil's contribution during his time as a director at CPNI was unstinting and invaluable and this mirrored the positive impact he had on the health and well-being of the Northern Ireland public through Gordons."

Belfast Telegraph

Weekly Business Digest Newsletter

This week's business news headlines, directly to your inbox every Tuesday.