Katz Group of Companies

Katz Group of Companies
Katz Group of Companies
Type Private
Industry Drug Stores
Founded Edmonton, Alberta
Founder(s) Daryl Katz
Headquarters Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Key people Daryl Katz (Chairman)
Andy Giancamilli (CEO)
Warren Jeffery (COO)
Revenue $7.000 billion (2008)[1]
Owner(s) Daryl Katz
Employees 4,400 (2008)
Parent Rexall
Subsidiaries Rexall Sports
Website katzgroup.ca

Katz Group of Companies operates over 1,800 pharmacies in Canada and the United States. It is based in Edmonton, Alberta. Daryl Katz is chairman of the Katz Group of Companies.


Katz Group Canada

Katz Group Canada Ltd. operates or franchises over 1800 pharmacies in Canada under the following brand banners:

  • Guardian
  • Herbie's for Drug and Food
  • I.D.A.
  • Medicine Shoppe Canada
  • Meditrust Pharmacy
  • Pharma Plus
  • Rexall (including joint brand Rexall Pharma Plus)
  • Super Drug Mart

Katz Group Canada's holdings also include Drug Trading Company Limited (retail support) and ProPharm Limited (pharmacy-related computer systems).

Pharma Plus

A Pharma Plus pharmacy in the North York neighbourhood of Willowdale.

Pharma Plus has its origins in the Tamblyn chain of drugs stores which dates back to the early 1900s in Toronto. Tambly was owned by Loblaws grocers in the 1970s. Loblaws was unable to compete effectively with market-leader Shoppers Drug Mart, and sold the chain to the Boots Group, of the United Kingdom. Boots, however, was unable to apply its successful British formula to the Canadian market. Boots was unable to comprehend the geographic issues of Canada and the inventory management scheme of the time "one for show and one for go" crippled the stores by limiting the inventory on shelf.

In 1988, the chain was sold to the Oshawa Group, another retailer who controlled grocery and mass-market stores under the IGA, Food City, Drug City and Towers Department Stores banners. The chain was renamed "Pharma Plus Drugmarts". During the first two years of development, Pharma Plus repositioned itself away from the Boots image and re-invented the stores, being the first in Ontario to introduce patient waiting and consultation areas. Merchandising and advertising became more competitive with the larger Shoppers Drug Mart, offering now both a product and price alternative to the then market leader. Store designs made it easier for consumers to shop the stores and the brighter, less cluttered environment preceded today's accepted standards in retail. Merchandising and design foundations implemented during this time period continue to form the foundation for the evolution of the chain today. The chain grew through acquisitions and merging the Drug City stores under the Pharma Plus banner.

In a further attempt to differentiate the chain, a pilot program was launched for a Health and Wellness centre. These stores eliminated many of the product selections, limiting the consumer offering to higher margin products and focusing on "healthier" selections. While this similar concept can be seen today in California in the Elephant Pharmacy chain, it did not prove successful in the Ontario markets at the time. This costly investment reflected on the bottom line of the operations during the time period as millions of dollars were invested in the trial.

Oshawa Group, looking to re-focus its energies, divested itself of the Towers chain and then the Pharma Plus chain of stores. The chain was acquired by Katz Pharmacies, a smaller company that operated under the Rexall banner.

Further acquisitions by Katz allowed the company to evolve into Katz Group of Companies which includes in Canada Rexall, Pharma Plus Drugmarts, Drug Trading (Guardian and IDA pharmacies), Meditrust, Herbie's and other discount drug outlets. The company now successfully competes with Shoppers.

Katz Group intends to re-brand all Pharma Plus stores as "Rexall PharmaPlus" stores in the coming years.

Snyder Drug

Snyder Drug is a pharmacy chain based in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region of the United States. The company entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in 2001 and exited in 2003 as it was forced to liquidate its Drug Emporium chain. The company was founded in 1928 by Max Snyder as a downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota cigar store. It began to sell pharmaceuticals by 1931. It was incorporated as Snyder Drug Store in 1939. The chain has about 60 corporate and about 60 independently-owned stores.

The company sells under the name Snyder Drug Stores . Western Drug was sold to CVS/pharmacy in the summer of 2008 and or closed. In early 2009 Snyder's closed 20 stores. The stores scripts files where sold to other companies. Snyder's still operates a handful of stores.

It was announced on January 13, 2010 that all Snyder stores were being sold to Walgreens at the end of the month. Walgreens said they will continue to operate most stores while closing some and transferring the prescription records to nearby Walgreens stores.[2]

Rexall Sports

Rexall Sports is subsidiary of the Katz Group which owns and operates several professional sports fanchises. Rexall-owned teams include the Edmonton Oilers (National Hockey League), the Edmonton Oil Kings (Western Hockey League), and the Edmonton Capitals (North American League baseball team).

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