Medicine Shoppe International, Inc. expands presence to Middle East
Medicine Shoppe International, Inc. (MSI) is expanding its global presence into the Middle East this fall with five Medicine Shoppe pharmacies in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The first two stores are scheduled to open in Dubai in September 2007, with the remaining three opening later this year. Bruce Burnett, vice president, international for MSI said that due to the economic growth in the UAE and the Gulf, The Medicine Shoppe pharmacy concept, which focuses on providing personalised care and counceling is expected to do well in this regoin. MSI's expansion into the Middle East is possible through a new master franchise agreement with the Al Zahrawi Group in Dubai. The Al Zahrawi group will manage all Medicine Shoppe Arabia operations, including future growth in the region. The expansion into the UAE marks the seventh country in which Medicine Shoppe pharmacies are operated worldwide. Medicine Shoppe pharmacies also are located in the United States, Canada, China, India, Indonesia and Japan.