Monday 20 February 2017

Sibling pharmacists to sell company to identical twins after 70 years in business

Published 18/10/2016 | 13:08

L to R: The three Higgins siblings, Ann Christine, Stella and Ken,
(l to r) hand the keys to the business, which includes two pharmacies in Sligo town, over to new owners, twins Ann and Deirdre Butler
L to R: The three Higgins siblings, Ann Christine, Stella and Ken, (l to r) hand the keys to the business, which includes two pharmacies in Sligo town, over to new owners, twins Ann and Deirdre Butler

Three Irish siblings are to sell their company to twins after 70 years in a business that was established by their father in 1948.

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Two of the Higgins siblings - Ann Christine and Stella - are to retire from the Sligo-based firm with the third, Ken, set to stay on a part-time basis.

The two pharmacies, which are based on Teeling Street and Market Cross in Sligo Town, were bought by Ann and Deirdre Butler.

“When looking for a buyer, we didn’t want the business to be bought by a multiple, we wanted it to remain family-run and we wanted the staff to keep their jobs.

“We were very happy when we met Ann and  Deirdre as they seem so nice and we think they will work well with the current team, looking after our customers," Mr Higgins said.

The identical Butler twins will both service a store each in what cause some customers to do a double-take.

“We could not believe it when we discovered such a well-respected family business had come up for sale. It was a perfect fit for us.

“We are very proud to continue from a family with such a history here in Sligo and the fact that Ken is remaining on with us is fantastic. We are extremely grateful to the Higgins family to have been given this opportunity," Ann Butler said.

Deirdre Butler said the pair want to emulate the way in which the Higgins family has looked after its customers.

"It’s ideal that there are two pharmacies as it gives us an opportunity to expand the product base, especially at Market Cross, and introduce some new, exciting lines.”

All three Higgins siblings studied at different colleges to become pharmacists and all eventually joined the family business.

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