UNITED Co-op Health Care has moved into Yorkshire following the acquisition of two pharmacy businesses.
United has acquired Sheard Group, which operates seven pharmacies across the Leeds and Harrogate areas, as well as Saffer Chemists Ltd, whose two stores are in the Headingley district of Leeds.
In both cases the price has not been disclosed.
John Nuttall, General Manager, United Co-op Health Care, said: "At the end of last year we said that we were determined to expand our business, with Yorkshire as a major target.
"Now we have established ourselves in the White Rose County by acquiring two excellent businesses, though the search goes on for more acquisitions in Yorkshire and elsewhere.
"Sheard and Saffer have high local reputations, representing a mix of traditional community pharmacies and pharmacies located within health centres. It says much for United's reputation that we were able to persuade both owners to sell to us. We welcome all the staff of the nine outlets to our team."
Earlier this year United Co-operatives announced record profits for the eleventh year in a row.
United Co-op Health Care, with sales of £ 132 million, currently operates pharmacies in the Midlands and North West of England, as well as two pharmaceutical wholesalers.