Longueuil, June 6, 2014 - The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. ("the Jean Coutu Group") kicked off today the construction of its future headquarters and distribution center in Varennes. The official ground-breaking ceremony was held this morning on a 3.4 million square feet land located near highway 30.
The contractor MONTONI was granted the construction contract. The new facilities of the Jean Coutu Group will total 883,000 square feet, which is 50% larger than the space currently occupied in Longueuil’s industrial park. The project represents a total investment of 190 million dollars.
"It is with a great deal of enthusiasm that we begin the construction of our new headquarters. The facilities in Varennes will be at the cutting edge of technology guarantying high standards of productivity while ensuring an enjoyable and safe work environment for our employees", highlighted François J. Coutu, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jean Coutu Group.
The construction begins with the distribution center section while the construction of the headquarters is scheduled to start in August 2014.
From left to right: Ron Keays, GKC Architects, Marc Dumas, Jean Coutu Group, Dario Montoni, Montoni Group, Frank Di Paolo, Montoni Group, François J. Coutu, Jean Coutu Group, Jean Coutu, Jean Coutu Group, Martin Damphousse, City of Varennes, Normand Messier, Jean Coutu Group, André Belzile, Jean Coutu Group, Hélène Bisson, Jean Coutu Group, Guillaume Marchand, City of Varennes.
About the Jean Coutu Group
The Jean Coutu Group is one of the most trusted names in Canadian pharmacy retailing. The Corporation operates a network of 413 franchised stores located in the provinces of Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario under the banners of PJC Jean Coutu, PJC Clinique, PJC Santé, and PJC Santé Beauté, which employs close to 20,000 people. Furthermore, The Jean Coutu Group owns Pro Doc Ltd («Pro Doc»), a Quebec based subsidiary and manufacturer of generic drugs.
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