We became part of the AS Watson family in October 2002. We were founded in 1964 by the Goldstein family who developed the business from just one store and sold the business to Kingfisher in 1987. A major expansion programme for us was accelerated by the acquisition in 1988 of the Tip Top chain. In 1989, the Medicare chain was acquired increasing our store base to over 650. In July 2001 we were purchased by Dutch health and beauty chain, Kruidvat Beheer BV who sold its retail interests to ASW in October 2002.
We are the United Kingdom’s second-largest beauty and health retailer currently operating over 800 stores in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. We currently have 200 in-store pharmacies.
Our purpose is quite simply to be the best in everyday accessible beauty and health. We are committed to bring innovation and the latest styles and trends to every high street in the UK and Southern Ireland at fantastic prices.
As well as the best big beauty and health brands, our customers will also find a host of exclusive products that they won’t find anywhere else.
Plus our Superdrug Own Brand collection is not only great value, it is excellent quality and all our beauty and toiletries Own Brand products carry the leaping bunny symbol which show they are certified by Cruelty Free International.
We currently have over 800 stores including stores in the Republic Of Ireland and employ 14,000 colleagues.
200 stores have pharmacies with pharmacy consulting rooms. We currently have 15 stores with nurse clinics offering health checks.
A key element to our brand’s success is ensuring that our team is trained to give customers the service and quality they deserve. Through our retail academy team members are given the skills, confidence and knowledge to offer customers the best beauty and health advice on the high street.
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