George Weston Ltd | Loblaw Companies (Canada)
George Weston of Canada, known as Weston's, became Canada's biggest retail group by revenues in 2014 as a result of the merger of its main subsidiary Loblaws supermarkets with pharmacy chain Shoppers Drug Mart. Combined sales are in excess of C$42bn. The business is controlled by the Weston family, who also have extensive interests in the UK, including food and fashion giant Associated British Foods and upmarket retailers Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason.
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Adbrands Weekly Update 18th Jul 2013: In Canada, leading supermarket group Loblaw acquired the country's biggest pharmacy retailer Shoppers Drug Mart for around $11.9bn. The resulting company becomes Canada's biggest business by revenues with sales in excess of $42bn and more than 2,240 stores nationwide. The Canadian media was almost unanimously positive about the move, which creates a strong national champion to counter the relentless expansion of Walmart, Costco, Target and other US invaders. Last month, Loblaw's main homegrown rival Sobey's snapped up the US operations of Safeway for $5.8bn. Loblaw is controlled by the enterprising Weston family, whose various other interests include George Weston Foods of Canada, the UK's Associated British Foods and its fashion retail subsidiary Primark, as well as upscale department stores Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason.
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