Londis has officially launched the first combined convenience store and pharmacy in partnership with Unichem. The 800 sq ft concept store in Copthorne, near Crawley in Surrey, cost £47,000 to redesign. It is part of the 12-strong Rivermead pharmacy group. It combines two separate but adjacent businesses ­ a c-store and pharmacy ­ under one roof incorporating Unichem's pharmacy graphics and community focus and Londis' Genesis concept. Store owner Naveen Khosler said the concept would be rolled out to another Rivermead outlet in Wallington, Surrey, at the beginning of January 2002. The development parallels another project in Haycock, St Helens, which has relocated a Unichem pharmacy into a 3,000 sq ft local Londis store. Londis commercial director Denise Buller said the initiatives were designed to capitalise on the increased trend towards convenience and impulse. They would play to the strengths of community pharmacies ­ high footfall ­ and local c-stores ­ high impulse purchasing. Khosler said the initiative had given customers greater access to self-selection products which would previously have been sectioned off outside of pharmacy hours. {{NEWS }}