Jean Coutu is the chairman of the pharmacy retailer of Canada, Jean Coutu Group. There areabout twenty thousand people employed by the company and it has four hundred franchise stores in Ontario, Brunswick and Quebec. The first drug store was built by Coutu in 1969 and from there he built the group where he had been the chief executive until the year 2002. However, he assumed the position of the Chief Executive again in 2005 and remained so until 2007.
How he established his company
Coutu has also established the Jean Coutu and Michelle Foundation which is dedicated to fight against poverty. His company, Jean Coutu Group has its headquarters in Longueuil. The warehouse for the chief distribution of the company is in Longueuil as well. Another huge warehouse for distribution is located in Hawkesbury, Ontario. The distribution centre at Hawkesbury is looked after by Jean Coutu and the employees are workingfor the DB Ontario at the moment. The franchise of the group is under PJC Clinique, PJC Jean Coutu as well as PJC Sante Beate. The company had been one of the biggest distributors of pharmaceuticals with as much as two thousand and two hundred drug stores.