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 leading international health, beauty and lifestyle retailer, serving over 27 million customers a week across its 34 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 110,000 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.