Further promoting the concept of ‘Pharmacy Wellness and Beauty’ in Sri Lanka, Healthguard opened its newest full service store for the public in Thimbirigasyaya recently. The newly-established outlet is the 23rd of the country’s premier pharmaceutical retail chain.
The Healthguard is a fully-owned subsidiary of Sunshine Healthcare Lanka (SHL) – the Healthcare arm of the diversified Sunshine Holdings conglomerate with interests in several key sectors of Sri Lankan business including agriculture, FMCG, renewable energy and consumer packaging.
The opening ceremony which took place on the Group’s 50th anniversary was graced by G. Sathasivam, Founder of Sunshine Holdings PLC, Munir Shaikh, Group Chairman of Sunshine Holdings PLC, Vish Govindasamy, Group Managing Director of Sunshine Holdings PLC, Shyam Sathasivam, Managing Director of Sunshine Healthcare Lanka, along with other company officials and distinguished guests.
Speaking at the opening, Sunshine Healthcare Lanka Managing Director Shyam Sathasivam said: “Since its inception in 2004, Healthguard has become a leading service brand in Sri Lanka’s health sector. Our aim is to set a benchmark in healthcare retailing in the country while creating more and more one stop shops for pharmaceuticals, wellness and personal needs. Our novel concept of promoting beauty and wellness has disrupted the business model of a traditional pharmacy. Rather than narrowing ourselves to just pharmaceuticals, we are driven to serve our customers with different offerings, solutions and formats to enhance their beauty and wellness shopping experience. Each full service store offers a wide assortment of brands in cosmetics, perfumes, personal care, skin treatments, medical devices, mother and baby care products, supplements etc. The new store format has been designed for convenience while offering consumers an enriched shopping experience.”
Leading the market as Sri Lanka’s most modern retail pharmacy chain, Healthguard’s business model is focused on creating value, expanding choice and delivering superior service to customers. Building on the immense brand loyalty and goodwill generated by Healthguard’s breakthrough business model, the Company plans to rapidly expand its footprint across the Western Province, extending its customer touch-points to a total of 35 stores within the next two years.
Sunshine Healthcare Lanka (SHL) established in 1967 is the partner of choice for international healthcare companies seeking to grow their business in Sri Lanka, in the areas of pharmaceuticals, surgicals, diagnostics, medical devices and consumer health products. SHL is a leading market expansion services provider, with the largest specialized healthcare team, with over 300 medical marketing and sales personnel, 200 physical distribution personnel and annual revenue of $ 48 million for FY16.