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Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy was established in 1976, and from humble beginnings they have grown to 10 pharmacies across Queensland.  During this time, they have supported a multitude of community efforts and events, and have played a vital role in facilitating growth within the community.

Mario Calanna, Founder of Calanna Pharmacy Group, says “the present size of the group and the regulations of community pharmacy ownership, along with various life and health factors presented to the family, have led us to carefully review the business and look at options for the future”.

Mario is facing a health battle of his own after being diagnosed with blood cancer four years ago. “We thought we had it under control, but I am now having treatment again. Therefore, we have made the difficult decision to sell our business to a group of 4 owners who will transition into the TerryWhite Chemmart Network, a move that will ensure the businesses can continue to grow and evolve, while also continuing to have a positive impact on the communities they serve. It was the shared common values between the two businesses which solidified the future of the group. We’ve always been committed to delivering exceptional community healthcare. The TerryWhite Chemmart Network and the access to its support structures will simply enable our pharmacists and teams to provide more services to their customers and community, which is incredibly important,” he says.

Nick Munroe, Executive General Manager, TerryWhite Chemmart says that business is delighted to welcome the Calanna Pharmacy team into the TerryWhite Chemmart Network. 

“At TerryWhite Chemmart, we are committed to ensuring every Australian has easier access to pharmacists and expert health advice every day, while providing high-quality, accessible and cost-effective community-based health care services and programs. This is very much aligned with the Calanna spirit established so well by Mario, Matthew and their whole team over the many years they have been servicing the Cairns and Townsville communities. We are very much looking forward to working with the Calanna Pharmacy teams and supporting them even further in meeting the healthcare needs of their local communities”.

Matthew Calanna, General Manager of Calanna Pharmacy says that four pharmacy owners will be taking ownership of the ten Calanna pharmacies in North Queensland and will transition to the TerryWhite Chemmart brand. “All pharmacies will continue to be operated as is at present for the foreseeable future. All staff will be retained, and my sister Catherine and I will also be staying on to work in the pharmacies on the ground. This transition of our business, whilst very emotional, given we grew up in it and helped build it,  is an exciting time for our team. There are many growth and development opportunities within a larger group. This transition also allows our group of pharmacies and our wonderful team to remain intact and working together along with the ability to continue to support the dozens of community and sporting clubs, events and causes we have been blessed to be able to work with over many decades”.

Terry White, Founder of the TerryWhite Pharmacy brand says “I want to take this opportunity to thank Mario and Matthew Calanna for trusting that we are the right partners to continue their wonderful legacy in the North Queensland community. As the first wholehealth pharmacy group in regional Queensland, Mario and his team have done an incredible job to not only build the brand, but to deliver a wholehealth model which helped people pursue more from life – all while giving so much back to their community. It is an honour to be able to continue the legacy of the Calanna family,” he adds.

“I am so proud – so very proud – of the brand, the services, the people, and our influence over the physical, emotional, and mental health of individuals and families in our respective communities. For more than 45 years the Calanna Pharmacy business, and pharmacy as an industry has been such a huge part of my life and the lives of my wife Linda, our children Matthew and Catherine, and granddaughter Madeline. It’s been a true passion of our lives, and I’m deeply optimistic about what the future holds as part of this transition. We must look and plan for what is in the best interest of the business, the team, and our family for the future”.  Mr Mario Calanna said.

“As a family we are very emotional about this change. So I urge the community and our customers to continue to be part of the family we have built together over the past four and a half decades, and enjoy the new opportunities, support and services the transition from Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy to Terry White Chemmart can bring. Our deepest respect and gratitude to all our loyal customers, team members and the North Queensland community for your support over the years”, says Mr Calanna.