Key Milestones

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1841

Noble 08 sepia copy smaller Key MilestonesHong Kong is opened as a free port.

AlexandraHseA1 Key MilestonesThe Hong Kong Dispensary is founded in Hong Kong.

1858

Alexander Skirving Watson, a British pharmacist, joins the company as Manager.

1869

1869 Key MilestonesHong Kong Dispensary is appointed the chemist of the Hong Kong Governor and the Duke of Edinburgh.

1870s

Dr Sun Yat–sen Key MilestonesA.S. Watson sets up scholarship to support local medical school. Dr Sun Yat–sen, the renowned politician and revolutionist in China, is also one of the beneficiaries under the scholarship scheme.

1871

1841 Key MilestonesThe Hong Kong Dispensary begins trading under the name A.S. Watson & Company.

1886

ASWCo CI 1 Key MilestonesA.S. Watson becomes the fifteenth company registered on Hong Kong Company Registry

1903

Watsons Water Established Key MilestonesWatsons Water is established to provide pure water in Hong Kong and Mainland China.

1941

Celebration of centenary in 1941 Key MilestonesA.S. Watson celebrates its centenary just before the Japanese force attack on 13th December.

Japanese Occupation Key MilestonesHong Kong is occupied by Japan on 25 December 1941, starting the “3 years 8 months” Japanese occupation era.

1972

Cross Harbour Tunnel Key MilestonesThe Cross-Harbour Tunnel, the first underwater tunnel in HK, is opened.

PNS store in 19721 Key MilestonesA.S. Watson establishes PARKnSHOP supermarkets.

1980s-1990s

Taipei ASW 1 Key Milestones

Watsons expands to Taiwan, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. It also reopens in China in 1989.

1981

Hutchison House 2012 crop 1 Key Milestones

A.S. Watson becomes a fully-owned subsidiary of Hutchison Group (forerunner of CK Hutchison Holdings Limited). At the time we have 75 stores.

1990

Fortress ShopFront old Key MilestonesFORTRESS joins the A.S. Watson Group.

1998

1998 WatsonsWine 1 Key Milestones

Watsons Wine opens its first store.

1998 Airport 1 Key Milestones

Hong Kong International Airport opens at Chek Lap Kok on Lantau Island.

2000

Savers Key MilestonesA.S. Watson enters European market by acquiring the Savers health & beauty retail chain in the UK.

2002

2002 TKO Line Key MilestonesThe Tsueng Kwan O MTR line begins operating.

Kruidvat Group Logos Key MilestonesA.S. Watson acquires the Dutch-based Kruidvat Group, adding famous European brands into the portfolio, including health and beauty retailer Superdrug, Trekpleister, Rossmann and luxury perfumery ICI Paris XL.

Watsons Water launches its signature bottle design

2003

Watsons Water Collection Design Key MilestonesWatsons Water celebrates its 100th anniversary of purity & persistence.

2006

2006 HSI Key MilestonesHong Kong’s Hang Seng Index rises above 20,000 mark for the first time ever.

2007

PNScard08 Key MilestonesA.S. Watson launches MoneyBack loyalty programme in Hong Kong.

2008

2008 Olympic Key MilestonesHong Kong hosts 2008 Beijing Olympics and Paralympics Equestrian events.

2010

2010 hkcee Key MilestonesHong Kong Certificate of Education Examination is discontinued.

Watsons Loyalty Card Key MilestonesWatsons membership card reaches 15 million members in Asia.

2012

2012 HKDSE Key MilestonesHong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) is held for the first time; last HK A-Level exams for school candidates.

ASW 2014.JUL .23. 5 new FINAL Key MilestonesWatsons undergoes a major rebranding exercise to modernize the customer experience.

2013

2013 10000 Stores Key MilestonesA.S. Watson opens its 10,000th store worldwide.

Sara Lee Wai sze HK Cyclist Key MilestonesSarah Lee Wai-sze, HK racing cyclist, wins the gold medal in the women’s 500m time-trial at the UCI World Track Championships, being Hong Kong’s first-ever gold woman medalist in world cycling competition.

2014

temasek Copy Key MilestonesHutchison Whampoa Limited (forerunner of CK Hutchison) forms a strategic alliance with Temasek.

2015

2015h rev Key MilestonesA.S. Watson opens its 12,000th store worldwide in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.

2016

    ASW 175 Anniversary Shopping Bag Logo English Key Milestones

  • A.S. Watson Group celebrates its 175th anniversary.

2018

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  • A.S. Watson Group, Yonghui and Tencent announce a joint venture to create the largest grocery retailer in Guangdong
  • A.S. Watson continues to expand and reaches 14,500 stores, operating 12 international retail brands in 24 markets across Asia and Europe
  • Watsons China exceeds 3,400 stores
  • A.S. Watson global loyalty member reaches 130 million