SAM McCauley stores in Williamstown and Dungarvan will be largely unaffected by the nationwide changes announced this week by the company.
Due to the ongoing pressures applied by the Covid-19 pandemic, McCauley Health & Beauty announced a number of measures to their employees on June 22, which were designed to combat a “serious downturn in trading” caused by the coronavirus crisis. A significant part of these measures was a decision to permanently close their beauty salons across the country, none of which are located in their Waterford premises.
Speaking to the Waterford News & Star this week, Tony McEntee, CEO of McCauley Health & Beauty said pharmacies around the country were “not immune from the incredible challenge caused by the covid-19 crisis.
“This crisis has forced us to re-focus on our core pharmacy business,” Mr McEntee said. “This has led us to make a tough decision on our six Beauty Salons nationwide, none of which were in Waterford. In regards to the Waterford area, there will be no changes whatever to our Williamstown Pharmacy, and in Dungarvan there will again be no changes to our core pharmacy offering, but we are carrying out a review of the profitability of our Premium Cosmetics counters, which may have an impact on the team.’
Mr McEntee said that he was proud of the McCauley team who stepped up to the plate during the pandemic.
“Throughout the crisis our store staff have been incredible and remained accessible to their patients and customers,” he said. “During the lockdown, McCauley made available a quality free prescription delivery service to vulnerable or cocooning customers and health care workers. Our Pharmacy teams provided a very important service to their customers and will continue. to do so for the remainder of this pandemic.”