profile and strategy


New Clicks Holdings is a specialist retail group which has been listed on the JSE Limited since 1996. The group operates market leading retail brands Clicks, Discom, Musica and The Body Shop, with a footprint of over 660 stores in southern Africa.

The group’s healthcare interests span the entire pharmaceutical supply chain, from wholesale distribution through subsidiary New United Pharmaceutical Distributors (“UPD”) to retail pharmacy. Clicks is the country’s pre-eminent drugstore chain with over 110 in-store dispensaries, giving it the broadest national coverage in retail pharmacy.

New Clicks traces its roots back to 1968 when entrepreneurial retailer Jack Goldin opened the first Clicks store in central Cape Town. After Goldin sold his interests 20 years later, the group went through several changes of ownership before listing in March 1996.

Clicks was conceived as a drugstore, but prevailing legislation precluded corporate ownership of retail pharmacies in South Africa. However, long-awaited regulatory reforms were introduced in 2003, enabling Clicks to finally fulfill its vision, and the first Clicks pharmacy was opened in March 2004. In just over two years more than one hundred dispensaries have been opened.


Clicks opened its 100th in-store dispensary in the Vangate Mall, Cape Town, in July this yearOne of the new stores opened by The Body Shop – OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg