The history of Peak Pharmacy, Chesterfield

Peter & Jane Cattee met whilst studying Pharmacy together at Chelsea College in London in 1971. After moving around the Country working for a number of small multiples, they decided to find their own business and after much searching and PJ (Pharmaceutical Journal) advertising, they finally made contact with Cressy Hickinbotham of Chesterfield in 1981 - Almost simultaneously their first son Thomas was born. 

Having sold their house to fund the purchase, and with much help from the Sheffield branch of Unichem and the National Westminster Bank, they took over a business known universally, and affectionally as 'Chickenbottom's' which had been owned by the most traditional of contractors.

This included old fashioned fittings, a linoleum covered floor, 8 counter staff and 6 wholesalers, each given an order a day (if not 2) - this was Pharmacy in the '80's - just coming out of a long period of economic depression into the sunshine.

Through the benign effects of good timing, some hard work and not a little luck, things went well, and after a couple of years of learning their trade, they met Arthur Newey, a retiring Pharmacist from Chapel-en-le-Frith, and agreed to buy his two branches. 

After that, the business continued to grow by annual acquisition of a branch or two; First Leek, then Clay Cross, more Chesterfield branches - these being predominantly across Derbyshire, Staffordshire, and South Yorkshire. In the meantime, they also added Joseph (1985) and Alice (1991) to the family amongst the branches.

By the year 2001, the group had grown to 32 branches, and was amongst the most successful and innovative in the Country.

But, ever mindful of opportunity, it was felt that the time had come to use the skills, infrastructure and resources of the Company to develop a large group. Contact through Pharmacy Network (and golf) meant that Peter & Andy Parker had known each other for some years, and the perfect fit of scale, geography and family-run culture led to the merger of Peak Pharmacy and Tims & Parker in 2001.

The formation of the whole becoming something greater than the sum of the parts.


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