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Watsons or A.S. Watson is the retail and consumer division of the Hong Kong-based conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. Since 2005, when it acquired European retailer Marionnaud, A. S. Watson has been the largest health and beauty retailer in the world.
The history of A.S. Watson dates back to 1828, with the opening of the Canton Dispensary. The small dispensary was formed as a clinic providing free medical services to the poor people of Canton in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong.
In 1858, Alexander Skirving Watson joined the Hong Kong Dispensary as Manager, with responsibility for the dispensing side of the business in 1860 when his uncle Dr Thomas Boswell Watson became major partner. At the death of Dr T. B. Watson in 1861, the Hong Kong Dispensary was leased to A.S. Watson and two other doctors, and from 1862 onwards, the name A.S. Watson featured prominently at the Hong Kong Dispensary. In 1871, the Watson family leased the company to Dr John David Humphreys and Dr Arthur Hunt, and thereafter trading was executed under the name A.S. Watson & Company. Retail outlets were known as "Watsons the Chemist".
The current owners, Hutchison Group, acquired a controlling interest in A.S. Watson & Co., Ltd in 1963. In 1981, it became a wholly owned subsidiary of Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. At this time, the group had 75 retail outlets.
Today, A.S. Watson has retail and manufacturing operations in 37 markets worldwide, and employs over 98,000 staff. Its retail network of over 7,700 stores spans health & beauty chains, perfumeries & cosmetics, grocery, consumer electronics, wine, and duty-free.
In Asia, Watsons main retail business is the "Watsons Your Personal Store" drugstore chain. Watsons now operates this store format in several territories in Asia including Hong Kong, mainland China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Macau, South Korea and The Philippines. It has recently launched this format in Turkey, Estonia and Slovenia.
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Watsons has expanded rapidly in Europe through a major acquisition programme which has seen the group become the world's biggest health and beauty retailer.
2009-03-12 00:26:02 補充：
In 2000, Watsons purchased the UK-based "Savers" discount drugstore chain. Subsequently Watsons acquired The Netherlands-based Kruidvat Group, through which the company added over 1,900 stores to its business and for the first time entered the Dutch,
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German and Belgian marketplaces where Kruidvat traded as Kruidvat, Trekpleister, ICI PARIS XL and Rossmann. This transaction also added "Superdrug", the second largest health and beauty retailer in the UK (after Alliance Boots), to its portfolio.
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As at January 2005, the company had some 4,500 shops in 19 countries around the world. More recently Watsons has acquired the "Drogas" drugstore chains, The French-based "Marionnaud" perfumery business in March 2005,
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Watsons controls the "PARKnSHOP" supermarket, acquired in 1972. ASW provides a range of beverages from bottled water, fruit juices, soft drinks and tea products to wine via its international wine wholesaler and distributor.
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Local bottler for Sunkist soft drinks, Watsons owns several well-known beverage brands including "Watsons Water", and "Mr. Juicy".
Watsons also controls the Fortress electrical chain, which it acquired in 1990.
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