A Watsons shopfront in Times Square, Causeway Bay. A.S. Watson is the city’s oldest retailer. Photo: Antony Dickson

The story of A.S. Watson: from a Hong Kong pharmacy to world’s largest health and beauty group

  • The first A.S. Watson dispensary opened more than 175 years ago in Hong Kong, making it the city’s oldest business
  • Today it has 14,400 stores in 24 markets and annual revenue of over US$19 billion
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A Watsons shopfront in Times Square, Causeway Bay. A.S. Watson is the city’s oldest retailer. Photo: Antony Dickson
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Richard Lord

Richard Lord

Richard is a Hong Kong-based freelance journalist who writes about a broad range of subjects, but with a focus on the arts and culture. He has been an editor at the Wall Street Journal, editorial director of Haymarket Publishing Asia and the editor of a weekly business magazine in his native UK. A graduate of Oxford University, he is also the author of a successful business book and a former stand-up comedian, the latter of which he wasn’t very good at.