A Family Affair in Drummoyne

When Hector Destro first opened up Destro’s Pharmacy on Victoria Road, Drummoyne around 25 years ago, it was with a desire to help people in the local community take better care of their health. When his son, also named Hector, took over the business upon Hector senior’s retirement some 15 years ago, that desire continued to be the mainstay of the business.

Today, Hector and his wife Sylvi have expanded the range of health care to include not only the usual pharmacist’s range of prescribed and over the counter medication, but also a comprehensive range of natural alternatives, prestige cosmetics and gifts as well.

“Many of our local clients are very interested in finding out about ways to support their health naturally and want information about alternative therapies like vitamins, homeopathic remedies and Chinese herbs they can use alongside the medicines their doctors prescribe,” says Hector.

“All of our staff are very knowledgeable and are able to help in providing good advice on a wide range of options. Providing this one-on-one attention and a high level of service is our main priority.”

The store’s philosophy is what’s enabled Destro’s in Drummoyne to continue to thrive in an increasingly competitive environment, including several discount chemist chains entering the Australian market over the past couple of years.

“Of course our business was affected initially, but the turnaround began relatively quickly too – we have had many customers tell us they come to us in Drummoyne because of the service we offer and the expert advice we are able to give.”

“These days people often feel rushed during doctor’s appointments and they don’t get to ask the questions they want to. When they come to us, they are often much more comfortable in our relaxed environment and feel more able to ask all sorts of questions.”

“We are a part of the local Drummoyne community – in many cases we’re now seeing the second or third generation of the same family.  And we plan to be here in another 25 years!”

Destro’s Pharmacy is at 197-201 Victoria Road, Drummoyne. Open 7 days 8.30am-10pm. Ph 02 9181 2434

Posted by Chris Wilkins