END OF AN ERA: Long-serving pharmacist Chris Harper is farewelled by staff at his Grafton Mall pharmacy yesterday.
END OF AN ERA: Long-serving pharmacist Chris Harper is farewelled by staff at his Grafton Mall pharmacy yesterday.

Pharmacist ?moving on



HARPER and Lindsay Chemists pharmacist Chris Harper has watched the industry change dramatically in the past 40 years.

Mr Harper, who will leave the pharmacy on Monday, said chemists no longer mixed all the medicines and were required to continually update their knowledge.

"Dealing with customers and helping people is still the same," Mr Harper said.

Mr Harper said he became a pharmacist because he was interested in the scientific side of health and 'it seemed like a good idea at the time'.

He said after leaving Grafton High School he studied at Sydney University from 1960.

His father, Frank Harper, owned a pharmacy in Prince Street. Chris bought his father out in 1973.

Mr Harper took on partner David Lindsay in 1979 when they moved the business to the Grafton Mall. Mr Lindsay retired five years ago.

"I thoroughly enjoy meeting all the people coming through the pharmacy and watching their families grow up," Mr Harper said.

He said while he felt it was time to move, he would perform casual work in pharmacies in the area.

New owner, Damien Lancaster grew up in Grafton and will officially take over the business on Monday.



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