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Wellcome

Wellcome
Supermarket
Industry Retailing
Founded 1945
Headquarters Hong Kong
Number of locations
257 stores (2010)
Area served
Hong Kong
Philippines
Taiwan
Parent Dairy Farm International Holdings
Website .hk.com.wellcomewww
An outlet in Tsim Sha Tsui
An outlet in Beitou, Taipei

Wellcome (Chinese: 惠康;Cantonese=Wai Hong in Hong Kong; Chinese: 頂好; pinyin: Dǐnghǎo in Taiwan) is a supermarket chain owned by Jardine Matheson Holdings via its Dairy Farm International Holdings subsidiary. The Wellcome supermarket chain is one of the two largest supermarket chains in Hong Kong, the other being PARKnSHOP. Wellcome also operates supermarkets in Taiwan and The Philippines under the Wellcome name. The parent company, Dairy Farm, also has other supermarket interests in the Asia Pacific under different brand names.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Generic products 2
  • Superstore 3
  • Market Place by Jasons 4
  • Rivals 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

History

Founded in 1945, Wellcome is Hong Kong's longest-established supermarket chain. Since 1964, the company has been wholly owned by Dairy Farm International Holdings following the merger with rival supermarket Dairy Lane. Wellcome has an overall staff of 5,000 in more than 240 stores and serves more than 14 million customers every month.

Wellcome was established in 1945 by Mr. Wu Chung-Wai, Mr. Lau Lim and Mr. Ko Yin-Yu. Wellcome established its first store on Ice House Street in Central. The shop specialised in imported products including wines, biscuits, canned food and beverages. Wellcome was the first supermarket to establish a Home Delivery Service division, and an average of 600 customers enjoyed this one-of-a-kind service through orders in person daily. Wellcome became a member of The Dairy Farm International Group in 1964. The company was the first to introduce a "self-service" retailing concept. Customers no longer require the assistance of service staff to get products; they have to select products from the shelf. Wellcome was the first to offer pre-packaged rice products in 1973. In the 1980s, Wellcome launched its first corporate brand "No Frills", offering customers over 300 products at the lowest prices as compared to other products in the same category. Later, Wellcome became the first supermarket to employ 2014 Taiwan food scandal.[1]

Generic products

Wellcome supermarkets sell several products under the generic brands No Frills (特惠牌) and First Choice (首選牌).[2][3]

Superstore

Wellcome's first superstore was opened in 2000 and currently it has 31 superstores, spread across Hong Kong. They stock a greater variety of products, tailored to local demand.

Market Place by Jasons

Wellcome began introducing Market Place by Jasons, a high end supermarket brand first introduced by its Singapore sister company Cold Storage, to Hong Kong in 2007. It imports medium to high-end products.

As of June 2010, fourteen stores had been opened. The stores are located at Perkin's Road (Jardine's Lookout), Telford Plaza, Langham Place (Mong Kok), the Peak, Happy Valley, Austin Road (Tsim Sha Tsui), Razor Hill (Clear Water Bay), Cloud View Road (North Point), Nexxus Building (Central), Manhattan Hill (Lai Chi Kok), Repulse Bay, Hong Kong Gold Coast (Tuen Mun), K11 (Tsim Sha Tsui) and iSQUARE (Tsim Sha Tsui). The Palazzo (Hong Kong) (Fo Tan) store is expected to open in July 2010.

There is also a Market Place by Jasons in Taiwan located in the Taipei 101 shopping mall, basement level. It opened in 2004.

Rivals

References

  1. ^ Hsu, Stacy (8 September 2014). "More brands slide into investigation". Taipei Times. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Key Milestones of Wellcome (accessed 18 October 2007)
  3. ^ The First choice leftlet (accessed 17 October 2007)

External links

  • Wellcome
  • Wellcome (Taiwan)
  • Market Place by Jasons (Hong Kong)
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