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Press release from Marketwire

The Jean Coutu Group Shareholders Elect a New Director

Thursday, July 08, 2010

The Jean Coutu Group Shareholders Elect a New Director12:12 EDT Thursday, July 08, 2010LONGUEUIL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 8, 2010) - Mr. Jean Coutu, Chairman of the Board of The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. (the "Company" or the "Jean Coutu Group") is pleased to announce the election of Mrs. Annie Thabet to the Company's Board of Directors. Mrs. Thabet has been elected at the General Meeting of Shareholders held last Tuesday, July 6, 2010.Mrs. Thabet is Partner at Celtis Capital, a firm specialized in transactional services that she co-founded in 2003. She has 28 years of business experience namely in venture capital and private equity investments, mergers, acquisitions and financing transactions, and the management and repositioning of technology and manufacturing companies. Her prior experience includes investment management at Societe generale de financement du Quebec and consulting at Price Waterhouse."We are very proud to welcome Mrs. Thabet to our Board. Her vision, business management approach and values closely match those of The Jean Coutu Group and her contribution will be positive for the organization going forward", said Mr. Jean Coutu, Chairman of the Board.During this meeting, the shareholders of the Company also renewed the mandates of the following directors. Lise Bastarache, Francois J. Coutu, Jean Coutu, Marie-Josee Coutu, Michel Coutu, Sylvie Coutu, L. Denis Desautels, Marcel Dutil, Nicolle forget, Robert Lacroix, Yvon Martineau and Dennis Wood.About The Jean Coutu GroupThe Jean Coutu Group is one of the most trusted names in Canadian pharmacy retailing. The Company operates a network of 376 franchised stores located in the provinces of Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario under the banners of PJC Jean Coutu, PJC Clinique, PJC Sante and PJC Sante Beaute, and employs more than 17,000 people. Furthermore, as of December 2007, the Jean Coutu Group owns Pro Doc Ltd ("Pro Doc"), a Quebec-based subsidiary and manufacturer of generic drugs. The Company also holds a significant interest in Rite Aid Corporation ("Rite Aid") a national chain of drugstores in the United States with nearly 4,800 drugstores in 31 states and the District of Columbia.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. Helene Bisson Vice-President, Communications 450-646-9611, Ext. 1165