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Boots celebrates 125 years in Wales

12 October 2022
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  • Boots is celebrating 125 years in Wales since its first store opening in Swansea in 1896
  • Boots hosted a celebratory event at The Senedd in Cardiff with attendees including Minister for the Economy Vaughan Gething MS and other Government Ministers
  • Speakers, including Director of Healthcare and Head of Stores for Wales from Boots,  outlined the proud heritage of Boots in Wales and what its next chapter will look like
  • Today, Boots has over 100 stores in Wales across pharmacy, opticians and retail formats as well as the Boots Hearingcare headquarters in Llandudno

Boots celebrated 125 years in Wales since the first store opened in Swansea in 1896 at a special event on Tuesday, October 11 at The Senedd in Cardiff.

The anniversary event was attended by Welsh ministers including Minister for the Economy Vaughan Gething MS, Boots Director of Healthcare Jamie Kerruish, and Boots Head of Stores in Wales Andy Francis, as well as representatives from Macmillan – a charity partner of Boots. They outlined the proud heritage Boots has in Wales and its exciting future in the Welsh healthcare and retail landscape.

Andy Francis, Head of Stores Wales, Merseyside & West Midlands at Boots said: “The founding principles of Boots over 175 years ago was to make healthcare affordable for all. We opened our first store in Wales before the NHS was created and as the healthcare system has evolved, we have become close partners of the NHS in Wales to deliver healthcare at the heart of communities.

“Today, with more than 100 stores and 1,800 team members in Wales, we continue to find new ways to help our customers and patients. Our partnerships remain very important to us and we are proud to be working alongside the Welsh Retail Consortium and the Welsh Government to deliver its new retail vision for Wales.”

Speakers at the event championed the long-standing Boots partnership with Macmillan, highlighting the vital work of Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacists (BMIPs) who are specially trained to offer cancer information and support to those suffering with cancer and their families. BMIPs can be found in every Boots pharmacy across Wales.

The event also highlights Boots work to help combat the rising cost of living for customers, including initiatives such as the launch of new essentials range  ‘Boots everyday’ to make it easier for customers to identify lowest priced lines  and Price Lock Promise, which saw Boots freeze the price of over 1,500 own brand products to ensure they remain affordable for customers.


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Boots is the UK’s leading health and beauty retailer with over 52,000 team members and 2,100 stores, ranging from local community pharmacies to large destination health and beauty stores.*

Boots serves its customers and patients for life as the leading provider of healthcare on the high street and the UK’s number one beauty destination. It offers an unrivalled depth and breadth of products, which incorporates its extensive own brand range and innovative portfolio of brands, including No7, the UK’s No1 skincare brand, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle Beauty and Sleek MakeUP.

2024 marks Boots’ 175th anniversary year. Founder John Boot opened a herbalist store in Nottingham in 1849 to offer an affordable alternative to traditional medicines. His son Jesse expanded the business to become a modern retailer and the biggest chemist in Britain. Throughout its history, Boots has listened, learned and innovated, and it continues to challenge itself to improve its products and services every day.

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*Figures accurate as of 30 November 2023