The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc.

The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc.

September 08, 2005 00:00 ET

Brooks Eckerd Pharmacy launches chainwide fundraiser for Hurricane Katrina disaster relief

LONGUEUIL, QC, Sept. 8 /CCNMatthews/ - The Jean Coutu Group (PJC), Inc.,
the fourth largest drugstore chain in North America, announced that its wholly
owned subsidiary, The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) USA, Inc. ("PJC USA" or "the
Company" which operates under the name Brooks Eckerd Pharmacy), is launching a
chainwide fundraising program to assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Customers and associates of Brooks and Eckerd drugstores can donate funds
to the Katrina relief effort by purchasing $1, $5 or $10 "Katrina Disaster
Relief Fund" cards, to be displayed in the Company's stores from Georgia to
Maine as a show of solidarity with the disaster victims. 100% of funds raised
will be donated to the American Red Cross in support of the effort.
In addition, several truckloads of needed supplies and water donated by
Brooks Eckerd Pharmacy have been dispatched from the Company's Northeast
Region warehouses to the disaster area in collaboration with New England Motor
"Even though our Brooks or Eckerd stores were not directly affected by
this terrible disaster, doing our part to assist in the National and
International efforts to help victims and families is extremely important to
us," said Michel Coutu, President and Chief Executive Officer of PJC USA. "We
will continue to monitor the situation over the coming weeks and months to
find out how we can further assist in the relief effort".

About The Jean Coutu Group

The Jean Coutu Group (PJC), Inc. (TSX: PJC.SV.A) is the fourth largest
drugstore chain in North America and the second largest in both the eastern
United States and Canada. The Company and its combined network of 2,171
corporate and affiliated drugstores (under the banners of Brooks and Eckerd,
PJC Jean Coutu, PJC Clinique and PJC Santé Beauté) employ more than 60,000
The Jean Coutu Group's United States operations employ over 46,000
persons and comprise 1,850 corporate owned stores located in 18 states of the
Northeastern, mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States. The Jean Coutu
Group's Canadian operations and drugstores affiliated to its network employ
over 14,000 people and comprise 321 PJC Jean Coutu franchised stores in
Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario.

For further information: Hélène Bisson, Media and Public Relations, The
Jean Coutu Group (PJC), Inc., (514) 393-1180, ext. 343, 1-877-894-8993;
Michael Murray, Director, Investor Relations, The Jean Coutu Group (PJC),
Inc., (450) 646-9611, ext. 1068; Source: The Jean Coutu Group (PJC), Inc.,
Bill Welsh, The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) USA, Inc.