The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc.

The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc.

February 22, 2005 00:00 ET

The Jean Coutu Group Invests in Its Canadian Operations

LONGUEUIL, Feb. 22 /CCNMatthews/ - The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. ("The
Jean Coutu Group" or "the Company") reports on recent investments in its
Canadian operations. The Company completed the expansion of its Information
Technology Center ("Rx Center") in Longueuil, Quebec and announces that it has
undertaken construction of a new distribution centre in Hawkesbury, Ontario.
The Company's Rx Center, built in early 2003, was recently doubled in
size from 30,000 to 60,000 square feet representing a total investment of
$6 million. This investment supports the expansion of The Jean Coutu Group's
North American network and full time employment at this facility will increase
by more than 130 people to over 265 people.
The Company's Hawkesbury distribution centre will be 250,000 square feet
in size and is expected to come on stream by September 2005. An investment of
$18 million is dedicated to this project where 30 people will be employed
initially. The existing Longueuil distribution centre's capacity has expanded
to its limit and there is not enough room to support continued growth of the
Canadian network. Initially, the new facility will manage the Company's
Canadian distribution of cosmetics and imported goods. The new distribution
centre will foster sales growth and serve as a base for expansion of the
network in Canada.
"Information technology and distribution of goods are core functions at
The Jean Coutu Group," said François J. Coutu, President and Chief Executive
Officer. "The expansion of our Rx Center allows us to implement our industry
leading information technology solution throughout our North American network.
On the other hand, our ability to effectively handle and distribute products
on two sites going forward will allow us to enhance logistics as a source of
competitive advantage."

About The Jean Coutu Group

The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. 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 2,225 corporate and affiliated
drugstores (under the banners of Eckerd, Brooks, PJC Jean Coutu, PJC Clinique
and PJC Santé Beauté) employ more than 60,000 people.
The Jean Coutu Group's United States operations employ over 46,000
persons and comprise 1,904 corporate owned stores located in 18 states of the
Northeastern, mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States. The Jean Coutu
Group's Canadian operations and the 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: Michael Murray, Director, Investor Relations,
The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc., (450) 646-9760; Hélène Bisson, Media and
Public Relations, (514) 842-8860, ext. 343; Source: André Belzile, Senior
Vice-President Finance and Corporate Affairs, The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc.,
(450) 646-9760