We became part of the AS Watson family in October 2002. We were founded in 1964 by the Goldstein family who developed the business from just one store and sold the business to Kingfisher in 1987. A major expansion programme for us was accelerated by the acquisition in 1988 of the Tip Top chain. In 1989, the Medicare chain was acquired increasing our store base to over 650. In July 2001 we were purchased by Dutch health and beauty chain, Kruidvat Beheer BV who sold its retail interests to ASW in October 2002.
We are the United Kingdom's second-largest beauty and health retailer currently operating over 900 stores in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. We currently have 226 in-store pharmacies.
Our purpose is quite simply to be the best in everyday accessible beauty and health. We are committed to bring innovation and the latest styles and trends to every high street in the UK and Southern Ireland at fantastic prices.
As well as the best big beauty and health brands, our customers will also find a host of exclusive products that they won’t find anywhere else.
Plus our Superdrug Own Brand collection is not only great value, it is excellent quality and all our beauty and toiletries Own Brand products carry the leaping bunny symbol which show they are certified by Cruelty Free International.
We currently have around 850 stores including stores in the Republic Of Ireland and employ around 16,000 colleagues.
Over 220 stores have pharmacies with pharmacy consulting rooms. We currently have 19 stores with nurse clinics offering health checks.
A key element to our brand's success is ensuring that our team is trained to give customers the service and quality they deserve. Through our retail academy team members are given the skills, confidence and knowledge to offer customers the best beauty and health advice on the high street.
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A.S.Watson Limited is one of the oldest and best-known trading names in Asia. With a history dating back to 1828, the A.S. Watson Group (ASW) has evolved into a truly international retail and manufacturing business with operations in 36 markets worldwide. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-based conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited, ASW operates over 7,800 retail stores running from health & beauty chains, luxury perfumeries & cosmetics to food, electronics, fine wine and airport duty free. It is also an established player in the beverage industry, providing a full range of beverages from bottled water, fruit juices, soft drinks and tea products to the world's finest wine labels via its international wine wholesaling and distribution network. In 2006, ASW reported turnover of HK$99,149 million (approx. US$12,711 million).
A.S. WATSON IN ASIA
The A.S. Watson portfolio encompasses some of Asia's favourite brands and retail chains. These include health & beauty specialist Watsons Your Personal Store, PARKnSHOP supermarkets, Great Food Hall, Taste food galleria, Gourmet boutique style fine food hall, Fortress electrical appliance stores, Watson's Wine Cellar and Nuance-Watson airport duty free shops. ASW is also a major manufacturer and distributor of water products and beverages in the region with Watsons Water, Mr Juicy and Sunkist being the flagship brands in Hong Kong and Mainland China.
A.S. WATSON IN EUROPE
In Europe, the Group now operates nine health and beauty chains - under Kruidvat, Superdrug, Savers, Trekpleister, Rossmann, Drogas, Spektr, DC and Watsons Your Personal Store, as well as three luxury perfumeries and cosmetics brands Marionnaud, The Perfume Shop and ICI PARIS XL. In Switzerland, wine-trading company Badaracco SA is a valued member of the ASW family, bringing valuable synergy to the Group's retail operations.
Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL) is a leading international corporation committed to innovation and technology with businesses spanning the globe. For information about Hutchison Whampoa Limited, please visit www.hutchison-whampoa.com