Get energised at Mercury Bay Pharmacy during the Whitianga Town Centre Upgrade 20 June 2018 Ali Abdul is a fresh face to Whitianga as one of the new co-owners of the Mercury Bay Pharmacy along with business partner Geoff Brown, who is based in Auckland. Photo file: Ali Abdul at work in the Mercury Bay Pharmacy "We have been operating the business here for four months now and I personally am really enjoying the challenge" says Ali. "Not only do I get to operate my own business in an awesome small town, but I get to reap the rewards of living in Whitianga and enjoying the beach, ocean and swimming," Ali explains about the move to Whitianga. "Moving from Auckland to a vibrant small community and owning my own business was a huge driver," he says. Ali has also found time to join the local tennis club, which he enjoys thoroughly. Mercury Bay Pharmacy also has established sponsorships with the local golf club and junior soccer. Ali feels "100% positive" about what the new town centre upgrade is going to do for Whitianga and can't wait to get back to summer to see what it brings, along with getting back to the beach. "We really appreciate the locals who come into our store and thank everyone for their continued support," says Ali. "There's been a drop in passerby traffic, but as this is my first winter I really don't have much to compare against," he says. Mercury Bay Pharmacy has a team of six very knowledgeable and helpful staff and has loads of in-store specials on the go at any given time. They are also offering Vitamin B12 injections to help boost energy and immunity this winter, so customers can come in with their Doctors/GP's prescription at any time, no appointment required. "This is our way of helping take a small load of our local GP's," says Ali. Pop on down to 28 Albert Street and catch up with the team to get all your needs met to combat the winter bugs, while checking out the new pavers being laid outside the store as part of the construction works going on at the moment. Works this week - 18 June 2018 Placing paving slabs to provide traffic calming strips. Carrying on with the final trim of base course metal at the intersection of Blacksmith Lane and Albert Street. Placing chipseal for the new road (weather dependent). Spreading asphalt over the new road layout between Monk Street and Blacksmith Lane (weather dependent). Preparing the foot path paving blocks from Taylors Mistake to Blacksmith Lane. Completing the new pedestrian crossings to west side of Albert Street. Continuing with the excavation of new tree pits at the intersection of Albert Street and Taylors Mistake.