1828
1828

The Canton Dispensary, the forerunner of A.S. Watson, opened in Guangzhou, China.

The Canton Dispensary, the forerunner of A.S. Watson, opened in Guangzhou, China.

1832

Established the first soda-water factory in China.

Established the first soda-water factory in China (one of the very first companies in the world to manufacture soda-water).

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1841
Operations extended to Hong Kong, the company founded the Hong Kong Dispensary.

Operations extended to Hong Kong, the company founded the Hong Kong Dispensary.

Operations extended to Hong Kong, the company founded the Hong Kong Dispensary

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1858

Dr. Alexander Skirving Watson joined the company as Manager.

Dr. Alexander Skirving Watson joined the company as Manager.

1862

The name A.S. Watson began to feature prominently with the Hong Kong Dispensary.

The name A.S. Watson (after Dr. Alexander Skirving Watson who joined the company as Manager in 1858) began to feature prominently with the Hong Kong Dispensary.

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1869
Hong Kong Dispensary was appointed the chemist.

Hong Kong Dispensary was appointed the chemist.

Hong Kong Dispensary was appointed the chemist of the Hong Kong Governor and the Duke of Edinburgh.

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1871
The Hong Kong Dispensary was traded under the name A.S. Watson & Company.

The Hong Kong Dispensary was traded under the name A.S. Watson & Company.

The Hong Kong Dispensary was traded under the name A.S. Watson & Company.

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1875

Erected the first factory in Hong Kong at 1-3 Stanley Street.

Erected the first factory in Hong Kong at 1-3 Stanley Street, producing six flavours of beverages.

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1883
A.S. Watson expanded overseas to the Philippines and China.

A.S. Watson expanded overseas to the Philippines and China.

A.S. Watson expanded overseas to the Philippines and China; established a pharmacy and a soft drink factory (1884) in Manila.

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1886

Certificate of Incorporation of A.S. Watson & Co., Limited was issued on 19th January.

Certificate of Incorporation of A.S. Watson & Co., Limited was issued on 19th January.

1895

A.S. Watson operated 35 stores.

A.S. Watson operated 35 stores and produced about 300 dispensary, toiletry and perfumery lines.

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1900
1903
Watsons Water was established to provide pure water in Hong Kong and Mainland China.

Watsons Water was established to provide pure water in Hong Kong and Mainland China.

Watsons Water was established to provide pure water in Hong Kong and Mainland China.

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1910

A.S. Watson closed all branches in China and the Philippines.

To concentrate resources and energy, A.S. Watson closed all branches in China and the Philippines.

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1937

The Japanese invasion of China halted A.S. Watson's China operations.

The Japanese invasion of China halted A.S. Watson's China operations.

1941
A.S. Watson celebrated centenary before the Japanese attack and the fall of Hong Kong.

A.S. Watson celebrated centenary before the Japanese attack and the fall of Hong Kong.

A.S. Watson celebrated centenary just months before the Japanese attack and the fall of Hong Kong on 13th December.

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1945

A.S. Watson resumed business on 1stSeptember.

A.S. Watson resumed business on 1stSeptember.

1963
Hutchison Group acquired a controlling interest in A.S. Watson & Co., Ltd.

Hutchison Group acquired a controlling interest in A.S. Watson & Co., Ltd.

Hutchison Group acquired a controlling interest in A.S. Watson & Co., Ltd.

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1972
Acquired PARKnSHOP supermarkets from Y.K. Lau.

Acquired PARKnSHOP supermarkets from Y.K. Lau.

Acquired PARKnSHOP supermarkets from Y.K. Lau.

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1973
Acquired Peter Pan Toy Shops. Launched Mountain Cream ice-cream products.

Acquired Peter Pan Toy Shops. Launched Mountain Cream ice-cream products.

Acquired Peter Pan Toy Shops. Launched Mountain Cream ice-cream products.

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1980
1981
A.S. Watson became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hutchison Whampoa Limited.

A.S. Watson became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hutchison Whampoa Limited.

A.S. Watson became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hutchison Whampoa Limited with 75 retail food and non-food outlets.

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1987
Watsons expanded to Taiwan.

Watsons expanded to Taiwan.

Watsons expanded to Taiwan.

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1988

Watsons expanded to Macau and Singapore.

Watsons expanded to Macau and Singapore.

1989

Watsons reopened in China.

Watsons reopened in China.

1990
FORTRESS joined the A.S. Watson Group.

FORTRESS joined the A.S. Watson Group.

FORTRESS joined the A.S. Watson Group.

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1994
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Water factory opened in Beijing.

Water factory opened in Beijing.

Watsons expanded to Malaysia.

Watsons expanded to Malaysia.

1996

Watsons expanded to Thailand.

Watsons expanded to Thailand.

1997
Acquired Shanghai Sparkling Drinking Water.

Acquired Shanghai Sparkling Drinking Water.

Acquired Shanghai Sparkling Drinking Water.

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1998
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FORTRESS opened its first store in Taiwan.

FORTRESS opened its first store in Taiwan.

Watson's Wine opened in Hong Kong.

Watson's Wine opened in Hong Kong.

Watson's Wine opened in Hong Kong.

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Nuance-Watson's retail stores opened at Hong Kong International Airport.

Nuance-Watson's retail stores opened at Hong Kong International Airport.

Expanded water operations in Europe through acquisitions.

Expanded water operations in Europe through acquisitions.

Expanded water operations in Europe through acquisitions.

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1999

A.S. Watson sold ice-cream businesses in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.

A.S. Watson sold ice-cream businesses in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong to the Unilever Group.

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2000
2000
Acquired Savers health & beauty retail chain in the UK

Acquired Savers health & beauty retail chain in the UK

Acquired Savers health & beauty retail chain in the UK.

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2001
Watson's wine business expanded into Europe with acquisition of Badaracco SA

Watson's wine business expanded into Europe with acquisition of Badaracco SA

Watson's wine business expanded into Europe by acquiring Swiss-based international wine wholesaler/distributor Badaracco SA

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2002
Acquired Kruidvat Group in Europe

Acquired Kruidvat Group in Europe

Acquired Kruidvat Group in Europe, making A.S. Watson the world's third largest health & beauty retailer.

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2003
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Signed agreement to sell European water operations to Nestlé Waters

Signed agreement to sell European water operations to Nestlé Waters

Superdrug opened its first new identity store in the Bullring Birmingham in the UK

Superdrug opened its first new identity store in the Bullring Birmingham in the UK

Superdrug opened its first new identity store in the Bullring Birmingham in the UK

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Watsons Water celeberated centennial anniversary and launched its

Watsons Water celeberated centennial anniversary and launched its "Year of Hong Kong Creativity"

To celebrate its centennial anniversary, Watsons Water launched its "Year of Hong Kong Creativity" centennial bottles designed by 12 local artists.

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Watsons opened Asia's first third generation store

Watsons opened Asia's first third generation store at Pacific Place, Hong Kong.

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FORTRESS launched a new brand identity in Hong Kong

FORTRESS launched a new brand identity in Hong Kong

FORTRESS launched a new brand identity in Hong Kong

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Nuance-Watson opened Duty Free shops in the Hong Kong International Airport

Nuance-Watson opened six boutiques, three megastores, The Atrium and two Temptation Duty Free shops in the Hong Kong International Airport

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2004
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Acquired Drogas health & beauty retail chain in the Baltics

Acquired Drogas health & beauty retail chain in the Baltics

Entered Eastern Europe through acquisition of Drogas health & beauty retail chain in the Baltics.

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Watsons acquired Apex Pharmacy Sdn Bhd in Malaysia

Watsons acquired Apex Pharmacy Sdn Bhd in Malaysia

Watsons acquired Apex Pharmacy Sdn Bhd from Apex Healthcare Bhd in Malaysia

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Purchased a 40 percent stake in Rossmann Germany, adding 786 stores to the Group's retail portfolio

Purchased a 40 percent stake in Rossmann Germany, adding 786 stores to the Group's retail portfolio

Purchased a 40 percent stake in Rossmann Germany, adding 786 stores to the Group's retail portfolio.

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TASTE launched in November

TASTE launched in November

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Watson's Wine introduced a new store concept in Hong Kong

Watson's Wine introduced a new store concept in Hong Kong

2005
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Watsons celebrated 100th store in Mainland China and 300th store in Taiwan

Watsons celebrated 100th store in Mainland China and 300th store in Taiwan

Entered Turkey through acquisition of Cosmo Shop

Entered Turkey through acquisition of Cosmo Shop

Entered Turkey through acquisition of Cosmo Shop.

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First Watsons health & beauty store opened in Korea

First Watsons health & beauty store opened in Korea

First Watsons health & beauty store opened in Korea.

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Acquired Marionnaud in Europe

Acquired Marionnaud in Europe

The acquisition of Marionnaud made A.S. Watson the largest health & beauty and luxury perfumeries & cosmetics retailer in the world.

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Acquired UK specialist perfume retailer Merchant Retail Group

Acquired UK specialist perfume retailer Merchant Retail Group

Acquired UK specialist perfume retailer Merchant Retail Group including The Perfume Shop in August.

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Acquired Spektr in Russia in October

Acquired Spektr in Russia in October

Acquired Spektr in Russia in October.

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2006
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Opened the first Watsons Your Personal Store in Indonesia

Opened the first Watsons in Indonesia

Opened the first Watsons in Indonesia.

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Watsons celebrated its 200th store in Mainland China in June

Watsons celebrated its 200th store in Mainland China in June

Entered Ukraine through acquisition of DC

Entered Ukraine through acquisition of DC

Entered Ukraine through acquisition of DC, the largest health & beauty retail chain in the market in July.

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Marionnaud expanded into Asia by opening its first store in the Philippines in September

Marionnaud expanded into Asia by opening its first store in the Philippines in September

Marionnaud expanded into Asia by opening its first store in the Philippines in September.

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PARKnSHOP Hong Kong launched the MoneyBack loyalty programme

PARKnSHOP Hong Kong launched the MoneyBack loyalty programme

PARKnSHOP Hong Kong launched the MoneyBack loyalty programme, which was later extended to Watsons and FORTRESS Hong Kong, and PARKnSHOP China in 2009.

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2007
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New store concepts rolled out in respective brands across Asia and Europe

New store concepts rolled out in respective brands across Asia and Europe

New store concepts for Watsons Your Personal Store in Asia, Marionnaud in France and Switzerland, Kruidvat and Trekpleister in the Benelux and Superdrug in the UK.

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Watsons Water launched an all-in-one machine for offices

Watsons Water launched an all-in-one machine for offices

Watsons Water launched an all-in-one machine serving coffee, milk tea and hot chocolate on top of cold and hot water for offices.

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2008
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A.S. Watson Group celebrated its 180th anniversary

A.S. Watson Group celebrated its 180th anniversary

A.S. Watson Group celebrated its 180th anniversary with over 8,200 stores worldwide.

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Watsons launched its loyalty programme in Asia

Watsons launched its loyalty programme in Asia

Watsons launched its loyalty programme in Asia, first in Taiwan, and subsequently in Mainland China, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia in 2009-2010.

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Watson's Wine celebrated its 10th anniversary serving wine-lovers in Hong Kong 

Watson's Wine celebrated its 10th anniversary serving wine-lovers in Hong Kong 

Marionnaud launched its first Own Brand skincare range

Marionnaud launched its first Own Brand skincare range "Bio par Marionnaud".

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Participation in 2008 Beijing Olympic Torch Relay

18 staff members from A.S. Watson Group participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Torch Relay.

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2009
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Rossmann reached its 2,000th store milestone

Rossmann reached its 2,000th store milestone

Rossmann reached its 2,000th store milestone in Germany, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary.

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Watsons opened its 500th store in China

Watsons opened its 500th store in China

COOL bottled water revamped its brand identity to refresh its image

COOL bottled water revamped its brand identity to refresh its image

2010
Watsons card membership was reaching 15 million mark in Asia

Watsons card membership was reaching 15 million mark in Asia

Watsons card membership was reaching 15 million mark in Asia.

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2011
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Watsons China opens its 1,000th store, with a charity cycling supporting education in rural China

Watsons China opens its 1000th store, with a charity cycling supporting education in rural China

To commemorate Watsons China reaching 1000 stores, a special bike cycling is staged at the 1000th store’s opening ceremony where customers are invited to ride for health and charity, supporting Sower’s Action work on education in rural China.

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Image of A.S. Watson Group celebrates its 10,000th store worldwide

A.S. Watson Group celebrates its 10,000th store worldwide

A.S. Watson Group (ASW) has opened its 10,000th milestone store. Business partners, customers and staff sent congratulatory messages to the Group's 10,000 stores mini-site to celebrate.

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DC Ukraine was rebranded to Watsons

DC Ukraine was rebranded to Watsons

DC Ukraine was rebranded to Watsons as a strategic move to sustain ists leadership in the market

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2012
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ICI PARIS XL launched its first-ever store in Germany, strengthening A.S. Watson's footprint in European luxury retail business

ICI PARIS XL launched its first-ever store in Germany, strengthening A.S. Watson's footprint in Europe

ICI PARIS XL launched its first-ever store in Germany, strengthening A.S. Watson's footprint in European luxury retail business

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Watsons launched a brand refresh campaign across the Asian region to enrich the brand with a fresh retail experience

Watsons launched a brand refresh campaign across the Asian region to provide a fresh retail experience

Watsons launched a brand refresh campaign across the Asian region to enrich the brand with a fresh retail experience, first in China, and subsequently in Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, and other key markets

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TREAT launched in Chengdu in September as a new supermarket brand in China

TREAT launched in Chengdu in September as a new supermarket brand in China 

TREAT launched in Chengdu in September as a new supermarket brand in China

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Combining both a state-of-the-art supermarket with the variety of a department store, SU-PA-DE-PA opened in September to bring one-stop shopping experience to Hong Kong customers

 ,, , SU-PA-DE-PA opened in September to bring one-stop shopping experience to Hong Kong customers 

Combining both a state-of-the-art supermarket with the variety of a department store, SU-PA-DE-PA opened in September to bring one-stop shopping experience to Hong Kong customers

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Kruidvat reached its 1,000th store milestone in the Benelux

Kruidvat reached its 1,000th store milestone in the Benelux 

Kruidvat reached its 1,000th store milestone in the Benelux 

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A.S. Watson Group was named a

A.S. Watson Group was named a "Caring Company" for 10 consecutive years

A.S. Watson Group was named a "Caring Company" for 10 consecutive years by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service
 

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A.S. Watson Group became the first retail company to win the Silver Award in the Web Accessibility Recognition scheme, making its corporate website a barrier-free web for all

A.S. Watson Group won the Silver Award in the Web Accessibility Recognition scheme

A.S. Watson Group became the first retail company to win the Silver Award in the Web Accessibility Recognition scheme, making its corporate website a barrier-free web for all
 

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Drogas celebrated its 20th anniversary

Drogas celebrated its 20th anniversary

Drogas celebrated its 20th anniversary
 

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Watsons introduced new store formats to upgrade shopping experience, including beauty concept store MUSE in Malaysia and Watsons Baby in Hong Kong

Watsons introduced new store formats, including MUSE in Malaysia and Watsons Baby in Hong Kong 

Watsons introduced new store formats to upgrade shopping experience, including beauty concept store MUSE in Malaysia and Watsons Baby in Hong Kong
 

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Superdrug launched its skincare & makeup collection B., making a big hit and ranking as a top seller in the market

Superdrug launched its skincare & makeup collection B.,  ranking as a top seller in the market 

Superdrug launched its skincare & makeup collection B., making a big hit and ranking as a top seller in the market  

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PARKnSHOP Hong Kong established its Corporate Social Responsibility programmes, covering youth, elderly, food-recycling and assistance

PARKnSHOP Hong Kong launched its CSR programmes, covering youth, elderly, food-recycling

PARKnSHOP Hong Kong established its Corporate Social Responsibility programmes, covering youth, elderly, food-recycling and assistance
 

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Watsons Water marked its 110th anniversary of purity & persistence

Watsons Water marked its 110th anniversary of purity & persistence

Watsons Water marked its 110th anniversary of purity & persistence
 

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