A PHARMACY chain, which owns four chemists in Warrington, is being sold.

The sale of the whole Medicx chain is expected to be completed by Christmas, assuming buyers can be found, but the reason for the sudden sale is unknown.

The news will particularly concern residents on and around Barrow Hall Lane who have already lost their nearest GP surgery earlier this year and have been reliant on the neighbouring pharmacy.

Medicx also run the pharmacy at Chapelford Medical Centre on Burtonwood Road, Hood Manor Centre on Dorchester Road and a chemist on Manchester Road.

Specialist pharmacy sales adviser Christie and Co has been appointed to market the MedicX Pharmacy Ltd estate of 21 pharmacies.

Tony Evans, director of pharmacy, said: “It is extremely rare for an estate of such high quality to be available for sale on an individual or sub group basis.

“Expressions of interest are invited from independent, regional and group operators for what is one of the most exciting opportunities to come to market in several years.

“We have already received strong levels of enquiries and will be looking to affect a timely sale of the pharmacies.

“This estate is relatively new, so the pharmacies provide a genuine opportunity for purchasers to expand dispensing activity and services beyond the already strong levels achieved.”