The Jim Pattison Group is headquartered in Vancouver, BC, Canada and is comprised of over 455 locations world wide focusing on the automotive, media, packaging, food sales and distribution, magazine distribution, entertainment, export and financial industries. With sales of over $7.2 Billion in 2010 and more than 33,000 employees, the Jim Pattison Group is the third largest private company in Canada.
Fifty years ago, an enterprising young man from
Luseland in rural Saskatchewan quit a successful business career in Vancouver
and took the bold step of purchasing his own GM franchise, handling Pontiac and
Buick nameplates. Today, the Jim Pattison Auto Group encompasses 18 dealerships
selling 10 vehicle brands and it continues to grow.
After dealing in mostly GM vehicles in
the early years, Pattison started handling Toyota in 1979, adding Lexus in
1990, Volvo in 1999 and Hyundai in 2000. July 2005 saw the group's first
Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealership. Scion ? a new lineup from Toyota aimed at
younger buyers ? was added when the brand first arrived in Canada last year.
The Jim Pattison Auto Group is B.C.'s No.1 automotive retailer and last year
retail sales totalled nearly 11,000 units. Despite its size and success (over
165,000 customers annually), growth and expansion is still a cornerstone of the
business, as it is with all Pattison operations.
Most British Columbians are familiar with the fact
that the Pattison Group owns such retail food operations as Overwaitea, Buy-Low,
Save-On Foods, Cooper's, Nester's, Urban Fare and PriceSmart, but perhaps know less
about other Group ventures like Canfisco, the B.C. coast fishing operation
that's been around for more than 100 years. The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group is
Canada's largest western-based radio and TV company and includes 29 FM radio
stations in 18 key markets plus three independent TV stations. Other key
Pattison areas of activity include shipping terminals, outdoor signage,
magazine and book sales and distribution, real estate, financial services,
packaging and the fast-growing Ripley Entertainment international chain of
museum-type tourist attractions, the latest of which is located in Australia. Apart from his entrepreneurial triumphs, Pattison
himself has a lengthy history of dedication to community and public service ? he
is an Officer of the Order of Canada and has also been appointed to the Order
of British Columbia. The Pattison Group is among the most prolific corporate donors
in Canada and has been for many years.