Who owns Dis-Chem pharmacy?

Who owns Dis-Chem pharmacy?

Coming up with a business idea is one thing, actualising the idea and bringing it to fruition is another. The history of Dis-Chem pharmacy is one of a kind since the business has been in existence for more than four decades and counting. Who is the owner of the business? What is he doing differently to bring such an immense amount of success in the competitive venture?

Dis-Chem logo
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Dis-Chem pharmacy is one of the top-ranked pharmacies in the country. The chain of business started more than forty years ago and has gradually grown over the years to set up branches across South Africa. The epitome of the growth is the branches that it has set up in Namibia. Would you like to know more about the business?

Dis-Chem South Africa

This is a chain of pharmacies that are committed to offering dispensary services, wound care clinics, family clinic services, and self-medication services. The one thing that stands out about this venture is that it offers services at a discounted price.

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Who owns Dis-Chem South Africa?

The history of this business dates back to 1978. It was the idea of Ivan Saltzman and his wife, Lynette Frances Saltzman, who had gotten their qualification as pharmacists, to venture into the market. Therefore, they opened their first-ever pharmacy in Mondeor, in the Southern part of Johannesburg. The one thing that stood out was that their business embraced the concept of product discount, something that had not been cultivated in the South African market.

Dis-Chem stores

After six years of commendable results, the couple decided to launch a second store, which was situated at the Randridge Mall in the northern part of Johannesburg. They also made a milestone in their business as they launched their non-pharmaceutical products. By 1997, the company was selling the non-pharmaceutical products to other retailers.

In 2003, the couple launched the business' Loyalty Benefits Programme, and the following year, they opened a store in Cape Town. 2008 marked immense growth in the business as the company started a partnership concept where it would have the highest stake in independent pharmacies, hence convert the independent pharmacies to the chain of Dis-Chem stores.

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Dis-Chem customer care
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In 2013, the company diversified and became wholesale after it acquired the highest stake in CJ Distribution. It also acquired an interest in Pharmacy Development Academy and Evening Star. This diversification marked the birth of the Dis-Chem online platform. 2014 was another significant year in the business since the company opened its first store in Windhoek, Namibia. By the end of 2016, the company flagged off its 100th store since it got into the business.

Dis-Chem pharmacy branches

If you wish to support the business, you can make your purchase through any of these stores:

Dis-Chem head office

This store is situated in the Cnr Le Roux & Stag road, in Midrand, South Africa. For inquiries, you could reach out through:

  • Telephone number: 011 589 2200
  • Care-line: 0860 347 243
  • Dis-Chem email address: careline@dischem.co.za

Dis-Chem Durban

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The store is situated in Westwood Mall,16 Lincoln Terrace in Durban. If you wish to reach out, you can do so through any of these platforms:

  • Phone: 0312791999
  • Email: westvilledispensary@dischem.co.za

Dis-Chem Port Elizabeth

The store is situated along 10 Newton Road Shop 289, Cape Road in Port Elizabeth. For inquiries, you can reach out through:

  • Email: caperoaddispensary@dischem.co.za
  • Phone: 0413962600

Dis-Chem Bloemfontein

The store is situated in the Loch Logan Waterfront, along 105-107 Henry Street in Bloemfontein. For inquiries, you can reach out through:

  • Email: lochlogandispensary@dischem.co.za
  • Phone: 0514116140

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Dis-Chem Johannesburg

The store is situated along Rissik Street Shop M9 in the Johannesburg Park Station in Johannesburg.

Dis-Chem Cape Town

The store is situated in Shop 01 St George Mall The Heriat, along the Second Street in Cape Town. You could reach out to the following contact details for inquiries:

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  • Email: culemborgdispensary@dischem.co.za
  • Phone: 0215410049

Dis-Chem online shopping

Dis-Chem pharmacy product list
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Apart from the company owning and running more than one hundred stores in South Africa, it an online platform that offers services at the convenience of the client. This platform allows for bulk buying as well as retail shopping. Customers also enjoy discounts like those purchasing their goods from the physical store.

The fascinating thing about the online shopping platform is that the Dis-Chem website is easy to navigate and that the prices of the items are indicated below them.

If you wish to enjoy this service, all you need to do is create an account on the platform by searching dischem.co.za on your browser. You can then proceed to shop and pay for your goods.

Dis-Chem careers

Apart from offering the much-needed service, the company also aims at empowering the nation by creating job opportunities. Therefore, if you wish to be part of the ever-growing community that is committed to serving the nation, you could check out these Dis-Chem jobs.

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These questions and answers could come in handy in helping you understand the operations of the company better.

What is Dis-Chem pharmacy?

This is a chain of pharmacies that are committed to offering family clinics, wound care clinics, dispensary services, and self-medication services. The business also deals with healthy food, beauty, health and well-being, and sports supplements.

Is Dis-Chem listed in the JSE?

Yes, the business got listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in November 2016.

How much does Dis-Chem cashiers earn?

According to a report by Payscale, on average, a cashier in the company makes R23.77 per hour.

How many Dis-Chem pharmacies are in South Africa?

By February 2019, the company had 132 stores, out of which 129 were spread across South Africa, while three are in Namibia.

Does Dis-Chem do piercings?

Yes, you can get your piercings done at the pharmacy. However, there is an age limit that the pharmacy has stipulated for prospective clients who wish to have piercings.

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Can I order online from Dis-Chem?

The company has a Click & collect option that allows a customer can comfortably place their orders and collect their purchase from the nearby store. It also a delivery option where the order is delivered to the customer after they have ordered online.

It is incredible how much the idea of Dis-Chem pharmacy has transformed the country for the better. What is more thrilling is how tremendous the business has grown. Not only has it made it convenient for its clients, but it also created career opportunities for the citizens and impacted the country's economy.


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