A Glasgow community pharmacy which was run mainly by its owner, Elizabeth Mclaughlin and dispenses around 8,000 NHS items per month, has been sold.

Macbon Chemist in the heart of Tollcross in Glasgow’s east end has been bought by Ron Badger, who owns and operates another pharmacy in the Drumchapel area.

Business property adviser Christie & Co, which conducted the sale, noted that Ms Mclaughlin had owned the pharmacy since 1987 and had “decided to sell it to allow her to pursue a well-earned retirement”.

The price paid was not disclosed.

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Ms Mclaughlin said: “I have aspired over the years to make the pharmacy friendly and welcoming to our local community. My team and I have built up a great and trusted relationship with our clients. It was with great sadness that I decided that the time had come to sell the business but feel reassured that it has been left in good hands with Ron.”

Karl Clezy of Christie & Co, who oversaw the sales process, said: “Macbon Chemist was brought to the market at the same time as Lloyds Pharmacy placed its entire Scottish estate of around 200 branches on the market. Despite the market being flooded with opportunities, we managed to generate several notes of interest from existing contractors and first-time buyers alike which shows that there remains an appetite for well-performing independently owned pharmacies that have the potential to grow.”