The multiples don't have the field to themselves when it comes to developing instore pharmacies. Symbol group Londis has joined up with Unichem, a pharmaceutical wholesaler which delivers to 4,000 chemists, to create a format for independent pharmacists who want to expand into convenience retailing. The two companies have developed a dedicated fascia and instore presentation, backed by an appropriate inventory to encourage impulse buying. The first site, a joint pharmacy and c-store, is in West Sussex, with a second at planning stage. Londis says that while pharmacies enjoy good footfall and repeat visits from their prescription business, they fail to capitalise on impulse sales. It hopes the new format will create a destination and impulse shopping environment. {{FOCUS SPECIALS }}