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By Fiona Reid
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Gift shop earmarked as potential pharmacy

A SECOND pharmacy could be opened in Moffat in place of a popular gift shop.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway, who are in joint consultation with Dalston Pharmacy Ltd, are proposing to open a pharmacy on the high street in place of Present Time Gift Shop.

Shop owner Tom Smith said: “If all goes to plan and Moffat does decide on a second pharmacy then we would be looking to close by around February or March, so nothing would be happening immediately.”

Tom, who has owned the shop for the past 12 years, added: “I am looking to move on to the next chapter in my life and pursue other business interests.

My wife has her own business so I would help her. I have enjoyed every moment of running the shop, but I am sure someone else will come along to fill the void that Present Time leaves.”

Mr Smith has also revealed that even if the pharmacy plan does not go ahead, he is still likely to shut up shop.

At Tuesday night’s meeting of Moffat Community Council, community councillors were in favour of a second pharmacy.

Member Syliva Moffat said: “As a retired pharmacist I can see that the pharmacy in Moffat is over pushed. There is definitely room for two in the town.”

However, members did worry that the location might not be ideal due to a lack of nearby disabled parking spaces.

Meanwhile, a public consultation on the plan has been launched and Moffat residents are being urged to take part in a survey online.

The consultation runs until December 16 and all views submitted will be incorporated into a report.

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