Our History

1985 to early 2003

  • 1985

    Peter Gardiakos began working at Croydon Pharmacy, Croydon SA after graduating from South Australia Institute of Technology (now known as University of South Australian).

  • 1986

    Peter worked at about 50 pharmacies around Adelaide gaining experience as a reliever.

  • 1987

    1. Stan Kontos began working at The Queen Elizabeth hospital after graduating from South Australian Institute of Technology (now known as University of South Australian).

    2. Peter became partner at Croydon Pharmacy.

  • 1991-early 2003

    Peter & Stan purchased pharmacies in Tranmere, Rostrevor and Salisbury Downs, SA. The first interstate pharmacy was purchased in Maleny, QLD in March 2003.

late 2003 to 2008

  • late 2003

    Peter, Stan and two other pharmacists joined all their pharmacies together under Star Pharmacy Alliance on 31st October 2003.

  • 2004

    Peter, Stan and two other business associates founded SOL Results, a company dedicated to assisting others in personal and professional development through training, coaching and personal development.

2009 to Now

  • 2009

    Star Pharmacy Alliance had to be restructured due to law regulations and Star Pharmacy Group is created with Stan and Peter as Directors.

  • 2010

    The Universal Charitable Fund (UCF) was founded by Peter and Stan together with local business partners as a simple and cost effective way to provide practical support and encouragement to local charities doing a terrific job in helping people in need both in Australia and overseas.

  • 2011

    Tim Payze joined Star Pharmacy as CEO offering extensive experience in the health sector.

  • 2012

    Star Pharmacy expanded to the Philippines creating an Information Services team to assist with invoicing, database maintenance and reporting.

  • 2013

    The beginning of our own brand Discount Chemist model started with stores in Marion, SA and Coffs Harbour, NSW.

  • 2014

    Four stores were added to the discount model in Queensland and South Australia creating a total of six stores by the end of 2014.

  • 2015

    The Discount Chemist model has been formally renamed to Star Discount Chemist with more than 12 stores expected by the end of 2015.

The Future

  • The Future

    1. Become one of Australia’s fastest growing community pharmacy groups.

    2. Grow to more than 50 pharmacies nationally.

    3. Make Star Discount Chemist a household name.










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