In 1828, a small dispensary was formed with a great mission in mind - to provide free medical services to the poor people of the southern Chinese province of Guangdong (also known as Canton). This was the Canton Dispensary – the origin of A.S. Watson Group (ASW). Through decades of rapid expansion, ASW has evolved into a the largest international health & beauty retailer in Asia and Europe with stores across 25 markets.
The Group has one of the world's largest portfolio of retail formats, retail brands and geographical presence. Proudly supported by a global family of over 100,000 staff, the Group is also a member of the world renowned multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited, which has major interests in ports and related services; property and hotels; retail; infrastructure; energy and telecommunications in 52 countries.