A 40-year-old Proston business will be shutting its doors for the last time at 1:00pm on Friday … but it’s not as bad as it might sound.
After a makeover, Proston Health and Beauty will reopen at 9:00am on Tuesday (July 2) as Proston Health and Beauty Apothecary with a bigger range of giftware, refreshed product lines and lots of specials for shoppers.
This is shaping up to be a big year for Proston, with several other new developments in the town’s business precinct also taking shape.
The long-delayed Proston Men’s Shed is due to be built shortly; the town’s free camping area is drawing a small but steady stream of visitors; and a community group has been formed to assist with the overall revitalisation of the main street.
Store manager Glenys Blanch said the business has traded at several locations in Proston since it was founded in the late 1970s but has been located at 26 Blake Street for the past 30 years.
She said she was very excited about the changes that were being made to the store.
“We felt it was important to keep up with developments in town, so we’ve chosen a name that reflects our strong heritage,” Glenys said.
“We’re also hoping to conjure up thoughts of a similar-purposed store from a simpler time.
“In a world increasingly dominated by impersonal self-service checkouts and warehouse-style shopping, we want to offer a personalised shopping experience, matched with emergency home delivery and pharmaceutical knowledge.”
Proston Health & Beauty Apothecary is a branch of Wondai Pharmacy and receives prescriptions every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Glenys’ son and daughter-in-law Nick and Anita Blanch are also well-known contributors to Proston’s business landscape.
The couple created the NB Inspirations Department Store and Jacaranda Tearooms in Blake Street, two unique businesses that also recreate stores from the “Golden Era” of retailing.