October - December 2020 From Our CEO

Like many people (I am sure), I am still struggling to adjust to the new customs and requirements of our COVID world. It is often frustrating, but we adapt and we move forward - because we must. What we don’t often realise is that pause and reflection are as much a part of the rebuilding process as hard work and hustle.

And I have been particularly bad at this over the last six months, throwing myself into work to try to reassert control in my life at a time when so much in the world seems out of control. This approach has its benefits, but they can be short-lived, and it is not sustainable or healthy. So as we start to rebuild our economy and society after lockdown, my goal is to recharge and find better balance by making time to pause.

On a personal level, I want to be more mindful of the role I can play in the collective recovery process, and to find more impactful ways of doing this. And as a company, we want to take the lessons we learned about community and responsibility during lockdown, and use them as a reminder to give more back as we move forward from the crisis. We realise that we can take a stronger stand on causes that matter to us at Wellness Warehouse - like poverty, entrepreneurship and the environment - and we hope to involve more of you in this too. Thank you so much for supporting our recent food and PPE initiatives - we will continue to build on this momentum and share our progress over the coming months and beyond.

Our store footprint continues to grow nationally, and I am excited to announce the latest additions serving our community of health- and environmentally-conscious people. After some lockdown delays, Riverside Centre in Bryanston (JHB) opened in September, followed shortly thereafter by Canal Walk in Century City (CT). Honeydew Village in Roodepoort (JHB) and Castle Gate in Erasmus Park (PTA) are scheduled to open in November, followed by Verdi in Risidale (JHB) in December. We spend a lot of time getting to know each new centre so that every opening meets the needs and expectations of that community. We’re looking forward to getting to know more of you through these new stores! 

For those in Cape Town, look out for our fresh new store design, which we’ll be unveiling early in the new year! We’ll share more information soon, but I’m sure that you will love the new experience, which we’ve curated around a sense of discovery and improved access to the professional, personalised and trusted wellness advice to which you are accustomed.

I hope that you will enjoy this edition of our magazine as much as I do. As always, the team is passionately and lovingly looking for more ways to help you live life well. Wishing you strength and good health… And remember to take time to pause.

Yours in Wellness,

Simon Alston