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Life Cinema staff takes a selfie with some members of the public during its soft opening. Photo: SUPPLIED.

By LUKE NACE
Source: www.thejetnewspaper.com

Life Cinema at TappooCity in Lautoka has officially begun business on an auspicious note.

And to add on to that its first screening went off with 95 percent bookings.

The well-designed and eye catching Cinema was a long due dream for the people of Lautoka as most stated.

A family landowner of where TappooCity has been built, Liku Derenalagi, said these types of facilities were what Lautoka city needed and it was about time.

“I spent more than 50 years in Lautoka and with all the developments that Lautoka has seen nothing beats this building and the setup of Life Cinema in this area,” Ms. Derenalagi said.

She said: “It was just fantastic and we need more these creativity in this area

“She added it was some-thing that would catch the eyes of tourists and they would love this place.

“Lautoka city will get some new life with this,” she said.

Moreover, a family from Solomon Islands was startled to see the facilities at Life Cinema.

“This is amazing and very modern class facility is avail-able here, we already feel abroad,” said Alex Agita.

Mr. Agita had gone to en- joy the movie Kong: Skull Island and said this would definitely attract tourists to Lautoka.

The Life Cinema Pro-motions and Film Booking Manager, Daniel Vikash, said they expected incredible crowd throughout the weekend and business he said would be high for sure.

“We are pleased that the response from the public was really good, phones were ringing from 10:30 am for bookings,” Mr. Vikash said.

The very first 300 customers received free Pepsi and small pop corns at its opening.

Opening its doors for the public at around 4 pm the first movie ‘Bardinath Ki Dhulania’ was screened at 5:20pm.

The new attractive facility also made young Urithik Kumar rush with his mum and dad to watch movie after school and work.

 

Life Cinema staff takes a selfie with some members of the public during its soft opening. Photo: SUPPLIED.

By LUKE NACE
Source: www.thejetnewspaper.com

Life Cinema at TappooCity in Lautoka has officially begun business on an auspicious note.

And to add on to that its first screening went off with 95 percent bookings.

The well-designed and eye catching Cinema was a long due dream for the people of Lautoka as most stated.

A family landowner of where TappooCity has been built, Liku Derenalagi, said these types of facilities were what Lautoka city needed and it was about time.

“I spent more than 50 years in Lautoka and with all the developments that Lautoka has seen nothing beats this building and the setup of Life Cinema in this area,” Ms. Derenalagi said.

She said: “It was just fantastic and we need more these creativity in this area

“She added it was some-thing that would catch the eyes of tourists and they would love this place.

“Lautoka city will get some new life with this,” she said.

Moreover, a family from Solomon Islands was startled to see the facilities at Life Cinema.

“This is amazing and very modern class facility is avail-able here, we already feel abroad,” said Alex Agita.

Mr. Agita had gone to en- joy the movie Kong: Skull Island and said this would definitely attract tourists to Lautoka.

The Life Cinema Pro-motions and Film Booking Manager, Daniel Vikash, said they expected incredible crowd throughout the weekend and business he said would be high for sure.

“We are pleased that the response from the public was really good, phones were ringing from 10:30 am for bookings,” Mr. Vikash said.

The very first 300 customers received free Pepsi and small pop corns at its opening.

Opening its doors for the public at around 4 pm the first movie ‘Bardinath Ki Dhulania’ was screened at 5:20pm.

The new attractive facility also made young Urithik Kumar rush with his mum and dad to watch movie after school and work.

TappooCity Lautoka Opens

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Posted on April 3, 2017
By LUKE NACEI
Source: http://www.thejetnewspaper.com/2017/04/03/tappoocity-lautoka-opens/

A Tappoo department store and a Tappoo Home & leisure store opened for business in the new TappooCity Lautoka shopping mall on March 30th.

The complex is along Vitogo Parade and adjacent to Churchill Park.

The mall is guaranteed to be a magnet for Lautoka’s 50,000 plus populace who have long held nostalgic aspirations for a shopping mall of international standards.

Tappoo group of company’s director Mahendra Tappoo said Lautoka complex is a grand symbol of the Tappoo Group’s commitment to the Fijian people.

“The Tappoo Group commenced trading in Fiji 75 years ago on 23rd August 1941.

“TappooCity Lautoka stands near completion, ready to rejuvenate Fiji’s second largest city and inject into the city’s commerce the vitality that reflects its people.

“While the concept is largely a replica of TappooCity Suva, the signature-grey complex has a good sum of unique offering that sets it apart,” said Mr Tappoo.

Among these offering is a dual cinema, a premium supermarket and five corporate sports booths overlooking the Churchill Parks sports stadium from which the world famous Fijian Rugby 7s stars can be seen performing.

“There is nothing short of a community response to city that has painfully lacked such options,” Mr Tappoo said.

“Lautoka’s populace, from which the Group expects to draw about 70 percent of its walk-in-customer will for the first time have an international standard food.

The complex state of the art dual cinema is another highlight.

“With entertainment options centre in lush location with ample parking, patrons are expected to spend more than the average time at the shopping complex.”

Tappoo’s full range of branded merchandise in all categories like perfumes and cosmetics, watches and jewellery, sports goods, women’s fashion, menswear and contemporary Indian fashion are among the diverse range.

Posted on April 3, 2017
By LUKE NACEI
Source: http://www.thejetnewspaper.com/2017/04/03/tappoocity-lautoka-opens/

A Tappoo department store and a Tappoo Home & leisure store opened for business in the new TappooCity Lautoka shopping mall on March 30th.

The complex is along Vitogo Parade and adjacent to Churchill Park.

The mall is guaranteed to be a magnet for Lautoka’s 50,000 plus populace who have long held nostalgic aspirations for a shopping mall of international standards.

Tappoo group of company’s director Mahendra Tappoo said Lautoka complex is a grand symbol of the Tappoo Group’s commitment to the Fijian people.

“The Tappoo Group commenced trading in Fiji 75 years ago on 23rd August 1941.

“TappooCity Lautoka stands near completion, ready to rejuvenate Fiji’s second largest city and inject into the city’s commerce the vitality that reflects its people.

“While the concept is largely a replica of TappooCity Suva, the signature-grey complex has a good sum of unique offering that sets it apart,” said Mr Tappoo.

Among these offering is a dual cinema, a premium supermarket and five corporate sports booths overlooking the Churchill Parks sports stadium from which the world famous Fijian Rugby 7s stars can be seen performing.

“There is nothing short of a community response to city that has painfully lacked such options,” Mr Tappoo said.

“Lautoka’s populace, from which the Group expects to draw about 70 percent of its walk-in-customer will for the first time have an international standard food.

The complex state of the art dual cinema is another highlight.

“With entertainment options centre in lush location with ample parking, patrons are expected to spend more than the average time at the shopping complex.”

Tappoo’s full range of branded merchandise in all categories like perfumes and cosmetics, watches and jewellery, sports goods, women’s fashion, menswear and contemporary Indian fashion are among the diverse range.

“A vitality that reflects its people”: Tappoo Group’s Lautoka mall nears full opening

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by Jason Holland
Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report
31 March 2017

“A vitality that reflects its people”: Tappoo Group’s Lautoka mall nears full opening

FIJI. Tappoo Group has unveiled a number of stores at its Tappoo City mall in Lautoka ahead of its full opening in coming weeks, when a duty free offer will be added.

“TappooCity Lautoka stands near completion ready to rejuvenate Fiji’s second-largest city and inject into the city’s commerce, the vitality that reflects its people,” Tappoo Group said.

“While the concept is largely a replica of TappooCity Suva, the signature-grey complex has a good sum of unique offerings that sets it apart.”

The 86,000sq ft mall has been designed to appeal to Lautoka’s 50,000 locals as well as cruise ship passengers and tourists.

As well as duty free, the mall’s offering includes a newly-opened department store and home & leisure store as well as speciality retail outlets, “international standard” food & beverage options, a cinema, a supermarket and five corporate sports booths overlooking Churchill Park stadium.

One third of the retail space will be devoted to branded merchandise in all categories, while local products will also be a central feature.

“Destination Fiji handicrafts and souvenirs with an exciting ‘Made in Fiji’ range is sure to be an attraction for cruise ship passengers at the Lautoka wharf as well as tourist day trippers from the neighbouring town and Denerau resorts,” the company said.

by Jason Holland
Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report
31 March 2017

“A vitality that reflects its people”: Tappoo Group’s Lautoka mall nears full opening

FIJI. Tappoo Group has unveiled a number of stores at its Tappoo City mall in Lautoka ahead of its full opening in coming weeks, when a duty free offer will be added.

“TappooCity Lautoka stands near completion ready to rejuvenate Fiji’s second-largest city and inject into the city’s commerce, the vitality that reflects its people,” Tappoo Group said.

“While the concept is largely a replica of TappooCity Suva, the signature-grey complex has a good sum of unique offerings that sets it apart.”

The 86,000sq ft mall has been designed to appeal to Lautoka’s 50,000 locals as well as cruise ship passengers and tourists.

As well as duty free, the mall’s offering includes a newly-opened department store and home & leisure store as well as speciality retail outlets, “international standard” food & beverage options, a cinema, a supermarket and five corporate sports booths overlooking Churchill Park stadium.

One third of the retail space will be devoted to branded merchandise in all categories, while local products will also be a central feature.

“Destination Fiji handicrafts and souvenirs with an exciting ‘Made in Fiji’ range is sure to be an attraction for cruise ship passengers at the Lautoka wharf as well as tourist day trippers from the neighbouring town and Denerau resorts,” the company said.

Gloria Jean’s Set To Delight Lautoka

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by ARISHMA DEVI-NARAYAN , LAUTOKA
April 02
Source: Fiji Sun
http://fijisun.com.fj/2017/04/02/gloria-jeans-set-to-delight-lautoka/

 

Gloria Jean’s Coffees lovers in the Western division no longer have to travel to Suva for its glorious coffees.
The well established and famous Australian coffee house officially opened for business at the TappooCity Lautoka complex yesterday.

Two coffee house were officially commissioned by the Minister for Local Government, Rural Development, Housing and Environment, Parveen Kumar Bala.

One at the ground floor and the other next to the Life Cinema on the second floor.

The Master Franchise holder, Gloria Jean’s Coffees, marketing and development, Ariel De Asa, said he was happy to introduce the most loved and talked about coffee house of Suva in Lautoka.

“We are glad that we were able to secure two outlets here and we are now looking forward for not only people of Lautoka but the Western crowd to come and enjoy the menu at the coffee house,” Mr De Asa said.

Mr De Asa also said at least 22 people were to be hired for this new investment.

“This is a significant investment and we also have created job opportunities for the people,” he said.

As Mr Bala took a tour of the newly build complex, he said he was honoured to be part of the Gloria Jean’s opened yesterday and it was indeed a right decision to approve this investment in Lautoka.

“I remember when I was special administrator at Lautoka at the time when I approved this project there were handful of people who said that I sold Lautoka,” Mr Bala stated.

“In fact there was nothing to sell but now after investment people have realised how important this was for Lautoka city,” he said.
Here we have now a modern shopping centre, new cinema, creation of employment and whole lot of new brands introduced in the city, he added.

“These kinds of investments are very important. People need to have vision get out of that box and think bigger the investment done.”

Moreover, Mr Bala said Tappoo group had come in with a better proposal in terms of partnership with Lautoka City Counil.
Currently, five corporate booth at the cost of Tappoo Group are being made at level two of the complex right adjacent to Churchill Park.

These booths could be specifically hired at an event of games to be watched from inside upon completion.

Also, Mr Bala said, Tappoo Group had made the front gate or the park as per the proposal.

This also included developing parking spaces which is also currently underway.

by ARISHMA DEVI-NARAYAN , LAUTOKA
April 02
Source: Fiji Sun
http://fijisun.com.fj/2017/04/02/gloria-jeans-set-to-delight-lautoka/

 

Gloria Jean’s Coffees lovers in the Western division no longer have to travel to Suva for its glorious coffees.
The well established and famous Australian coffee house officially opened for business at the TappooCity Lautoka complex yesterday.

Two coffee house were officially commissioned by the Minister for Local Government, Rural Development, Housing and Environment, Parveen Kumar Bala.

One at the ground floor and the other next to the Life Cinema on the second floor.

The Master Franchise holder, Gloria Jean’s Coffees, marketing and development, Ariel De Asa, said he was happy to introduce the most loved and talked about coffee house of Suva in Lautoka.

“We are glad that we were able to secure two outlets here and we are now looking forward for not only people of Lautoka but the Western crowd to come and enjoy the menu at the coffee house,” Mr De Asa said.

Mr De Asa also said at least 22 people were to be hired for this new investment.

“This is a significant investment and we also have created job opportunities for the people,” he said.

As Mr Bala took a tour of the newly build complex, he said he was honoured to be part of the Gloria Jean’s opened yesterday and it was indeed a right decision to approve this investment in Lautoka.

“I remember when I was special administrator at Lautoka at the time when I approved this project there were handful of people who said that I sold Lautoka,” Mr Bala stated.

“In fact there was nothing to sell but now after investment people have realised how important this was for Lautoka city,” he said.
Here we have now a modern shopping centre, new cinema, creation of employment and whole lot of new brands introduced in the city, he added.

“These kinds of investments are very important. People need to have vision get out of that box and think bigger the investment done.”

Moreover, Mr Bala said Tappoo group had come in with a better proposal in terms of partnership with Lautoka City Counil.
Currently, five corporate booth at the cost of Tappoo Group are being made at level two of the complex right adjacent to Churchill Park.

These booths could be specifically hired at an event of games to be watched from inside upon completion.

Also, Mr Bala said, Tappoo Group had made the front gate or the park as per the proposal.

This also included developing parking spaces which is also currently underway.

TappooCity Lautoka Opens

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Source: Fiji Sun
by MONICA AGUILAR, SUVA
March 30https://fijisun.com.fj/2017/03/30/tappoocity-lautoka-opens/

Tappoo Group today opens a new Department store and a Home & Leisure store at its Tappoo City mall in Lautoka.

The complex, located along Vitogo Parade and adjacent to Churchill Park will opens with four special retail outlets- Nike Shop, Billabong Store, Novo (Shoes) Store and Jeanswest.

To top it off, Gloria Jeans Coffee Shop and Ice cream Lovers Kiosk are amongst the food outlets that will also be open.

After receiving positive feedback from the screening of the block buster movies at Life Cinema two weeks ago, the Tappoo Group believe the Lautoka mall is guaranteed to be a magnet for Lautoka’s 50 000 plus residence who had long held nostalgic aspirations for a shopping mall of international standards.

The 86,000 sqft of retail, food and entertainment complex is expected to be fully open to the public in the coming days and weeks.
Executive Director of Tappoo Group Companies, Mahendra Tappoo, said: “Tappoo City Lautoka stands near completion ready to rejuvenate Fiji’s second largest city and inject into the city’s commerce, the vitality that reflects its people.”

“While the concept is largely a replica of TappooCity Suva, the signature-grey complex has a good sum of unique offerings that sets it apart.”

Mr Tappoo said the complex offers dual cinema, a premium supermarket and five corporate sports booths overlooking the Churchill Park sports stadium from which the world famous Fijian Rugby 7s stars can be seen performing.”

With entertainment options centred in the lush location with ample parking, patrons are expected to spend more time than the average time at the shopping complex, according to him.

For the first time, the Group expects its walk-in customers to experience an international standard food court.

“The variety of international cuisine will include charcoal chicken, North Indian, South Indian and Gujerati Vegetarian Indian, an assortment of sandwiches, subs and burgers, a gourmet coffee shop of international standards, a delicatessen bar, pure fruits juices and salads, ice-creamy, a unique pizzeria and more,”he said.

Mr Tappoo believes the complex will be a new benchmark for Fiji and is a strong complement to the high-end department stores and speciality shops that are synonymous with Tappoo.
Tappoo Group has definitely not forgotten to ensure that the latest fashion trends whether it be clothes, shoes or accessories are available to its Lautoka customers therefore devoting one third of the retail space to the fully branded merchandise in all categories.

“Destination Fiji handicrafts and souvenir with an exciting Made in Fiji range is sure to be an attraction for cruise ship passengers at the Lautoka wharf as well as tourist day trippers from the neighbouring town and Denerau resorts,” said Mr Tappoo.

He believes this will further solidify Tappoo City Lautoka as the most vibrant versatile shopping location because of its spacious design that will ensure patrons can shop in comfort, rather than navigate through constrained spaces.
The complex will include a premium supermarket, speciality stores and services such as a pharmacies, mobile phone shop, liquor store, a specialist cosmetic store, book store and a hair and beauty salon.

He said these outlets together with the food court restaurants and express outlets are leased out to various tenants and will open for business as they get their fit outs and furnishings completed in the coming days and weeks.

Source: Fiji Sun
by MONICA AGUILAR, SUVA
March 30https://fijisun.com.fj/2017/03/30/tappoocity-lautoka-opens/

Tappoo Group today opens a new Department store and a Home & Leisure store at its Tappoo City mall in Lautoka.

The complex, located along Vitogo Parade and adjacent to Churchill Park will opens with four special retail outlets- Nike Shop, Billabong Store, Novo (Shoes) Store and Jeanswest.

To top it off, Gloria Jeans Coffee Shop and Ice cream Lovers Kiosk are amongst the food outlets that will also be open.

After receiving positive feedback from the screening of the block buster movies at Life Cinema two weeks ago, the Tappoo Group believe the Lautoka mall is guaranteed to be a magnet for Lautoka’s 50 000 plus residence who had long held nostalgic aspirations for a shopping mall of international standards.

The 86,000 sqft of retail, food and entertainment complex is expected to be fully open to the public in the coming days and weeks.
Executive Director of Tappoo Group Companies, Mahendra Tappoo, said: “Tappoo City Lautoka stands near completion ready to rejuvenate Fiji’s second largest city and inject into the city’s commerce, the vitality that reflects its people.”

“While the concept is largely a replica of TappooCity Suva, the signature-grey complex has a good sum of unique offerings that sets it apart.”

Mr Tappoo said the complex offers dual cinema, a premium supermarket and five corporate sports booths overlooking the Churchill Park sports stadium from which the world famous Fijian Rugby 7s stars can be seen performing.”

With entertainment options centred in the lush location with ample parking, patrons are expected to spend more time than the average time at the shopping complex, according to him.

For the first time, the Group expects its walk-in customers to experience an international standard food court.

“The variety of international cuisine will include charcoal chicken, North Indian, South Indian and Gujerati Vegetarian Indian, an assortment of sandwiches, subs and burgers, a gourmet coffee shop of international standards, a delicatessen bar, pure fruits juices and salads, ice-creamy, a unique pizzeria and more,”he said.

Mr Tappoo believes the complex will be a new benchmark for Fiji and is a strong complement to the high-end department stores and speciality shops that are synonymous with Tappoo.
Tappoo Group has definitely not forgotten to ensure that the latest fashion trends whether it be clothes, shoes or accessories are available to its Lautoka customers therefore devoting one third of the retail space to the fully branded merchandise in all categories.

“Destination Fiji handicrafts and souvenir with an exciting Made in Fiji range is sure to be an attraction for cruise ship passengers at the Lautoka wharf as well as tourist day trippers from the neighbouring town and Denerau resorts,” said Mr Tappoo.

He believes this will further solidify Tappoo City Lautoka as the most vibrant versatile shopping location because of its spacious design that will ensure patrons can shop in comfort, rather than navigate through constrained spaces.
The complex will include a premium supermarket, speciality stores and services such as a pharmacies, mobile phone shop, liquor store, a specialist cosmetic store, book store and a hair and beauty salon.

He said these outlets together with the food court restaurants and express outlets are leased out to various tenants and will open for business as they get their fit outs and furnishings completed in the coming days and weeks.

Mahendra Tappoo: Tenancy Interest For TappooCity Lautoka Very High

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Mahendra Tappoo: Tenancy Interest For TappooCity Lautoka Very High

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Donut King general manager, Helen White (left), and Tappoo Group director, Mahendra Tappoo, signing the tenancy agreement.

Tenants have already started signing up for TappooCity Lautoka shopping mall.

One of the first is the popular Australian franchise – the Donut King.

Tappoo Group director, Mahendra Tappoo, confirmed this yesterday. He said the interest level for tenancy was very high.

Mr Tappoo said they would make more announcments in the coming months. He further highlighted work on the TappooCity Lautoka mall was progressing very well with a greater sense of excitement over the project from stakeholders as well as consumers.

“It will be very high standard of building in keeping up with our image. It looks to be a very exciting complex especially with a new cinema and an international food court,” he said.

With tourists from cruise liners also entering our second city through the Port of Lautoka, this new shopping mall could very well be a big attraction for them as well.

Donut King

Donut King opened its first outlet in Damodar City in Suva the past week with very good response and is planning expansion already.

It is now set to open two outlets within the Tappoo upmarket shopping malls in its two cities.

One will open in TappooCity Suva next month. It will be located on Level 4 of the complex near the Tip Top Kiosk.

The other outlet will be in the TappooCity Lautoka once it opens.

Donut King general manager, Helen White, signed the contract with the Tappoo Group the past week.

Mr Tappoo said he was delighted to have yet another international franchise come to Fiji and be part of their popular shopping malls.

Ms White said she was thrilled to have an opportunity to open in the iconic TappooCity in Suva next month and later in their magnificent new complex in Lautoka.

“Donut King is a quality product and will fit in well the high standards of the TappooCity malls,” she said.

“I have been to see the progress of the Lautoka site. It is so exciting. A great location. We can’t wait to open there!”

Mr Tappoo recognised Donut King as a very strong brand name, renowned for its quality and taste.

“Employing over 4600 staff and serving 30 million donuts to Australians every year, Donut King is set to become a house-hold name in Fiji,” he said.

Source: The Fiji Sun

Date: 8th August 2016

URL: http://fijisun.com.fj/2016/08/07/mahendra-tappoo-tenancy-interest-for-tappoocity-lautoka-very-high/

Mahendra Tappoo: Tenancy Interest For TappooCity Lautoka Very High

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Donut King general manager, Helen White (left), and Tappoo Group director, Mahendra Tappoo, signing the tenancy agreement.

Tenants have already started signing up for TappooCity Lautoka shopping mall.

One of the first is the popular Australian franchise – the Donut King.

Tappoo Group director, Mahendra Tappoo, confirmed this yesterday. He said the interest level for tenancy was very high.

Mr Tappoo said they would make more announcments in the coming months. He further highlighted work on the TappooCity Lautoka mall was progressing very well with a greater sense of excitement over the project from stakeholders as well as consumers.

“It will be very high standard of building in keeping up with our image. It looks to be a very exciting complex especially with a new cinema and an international food court,” he said.

With tourists from cruise liners also entering our second city through the Port of Lautoka, this new shopping mall could very well be a big attraction for them as well.

Donut King

Donut King opened its first outlet in Damodar City in Suva the past week with very good response and is planning expansion already.

It is now set to open two outlets within the Tappoo upmarket shopping malls in its two cities.

One will open in TappooCity Suva next month. It will be located on Level 4 of the complex near the Tip Top Kiosk.

The other outlet will be in the TappooCity Lautoka once it opens.

Donut King general manager, Helen White, signed the contract with the Tappoo Group the past week.

Mr Tappoo said he was delighted to have yet another international franchise come to Fiji and be part of their popular shopping malls.

Ms White said she was thrilled to have an opportunity to open in the iconic TappooCity in Suva next month and later in their magnificent new complex in Lautoka.

“Donut King is a quality product and will fit in well the high standards of the TappooCity malls,” she said.

“I have been to see the progress of the Lautoka site. It is so exciting. A great location. We can’t wait to open there!”

Mr Tappoo recognised Donut King as a very strong brand name, renowned for its quality and taste.

“Employing over 4600 staff and serving 30 million donuts to Australians every year, Donut King is set to become a house-hold name in Fiji,” he said.

Source: The Fiji Sun

Date: 8th August 2016

URL: http://fijisun.com.fj/2016/08/07/mahendra-tappoo-tenancy-interest-for-tappoocity-lautoka-very-high/

Kia Takes Top Spot In 2016 JD Power Initial Quality Study

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Kia Takes Top Spot In 2016 JD Power Initial Quality Study

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JD Power has recognised Kia brand as the highest scoring nameplate in its 2016 Initial Quality Study out of all 33 makes in the US the past week.

Marking the first time in 27 years that a non-premium brand has topped the rankings, Kia’s rise to the top was driven by segment-leading performances from the Sportage and Soul.

This is while Sorento, Rio and Cerato, all ranked in the top three of their respective categories.

The Korean automaker supplanted Porsche at the top of the list.

Kia Motors America chief operating officer and EVP, Michael Sprague, said: “Ranked highest in the entire industry for initial quality is the result of Kia’s decade-long focus on craftsmanship and continuous improvement.

“It reflects the voice of our customers, which is the ultimate affirmation. As the highest ranked brand in the industry, there is no doubt Kia is a world-class automaker.”

As Kia’s US sales have consistently grown over the last four years to surpass the 600,000 annual unit mark, so too has the brand’s performance in JD Power’s Initial Quality Study.

After entering the overall top 10 for the first time in 2013, Kia placed second in the industry and led all non-premium makes in IQS in 2015.

Now in its 30th year, the annual JD Power IQS analyses responses from vehicle owners in 26 segments.

IQS is determined by vehicle owners evaluating the driving experience, engine and transmission performance, and a broad range of quality-related problems within the first 90 days of ownership.

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In Fiji, Kia sales is also ranked amongst the top 3 brands in the new passenger vehicle segment and  is exclusively distributed by Kia Motors Fiji, a Tappoo Group Company.

Tappoo Group chief executive and executive director, Madhu Tappoo, said they were  extremely delighted and overwhelmed.

This was with Kia’s endless achievements and accolades in the Auto industry over the recent years, and being ranked highest against the odds is just phenomenal.

“We are honoured to represent Kia and its design lead and multi award winning vehicles in Fiji,” he said.

“Kia has been known as one of the ‘world’s fastest growing automotive brands’ and now being recognised as the best amongst the 33 automotive makes in the USA speaks a lot about the brand. Surely Kia has the powers to surprise.”

Kia’s hi-tech, design lead, award winning vehicles are available in Fiji from Kia Motors Fiji Showrooms located at the corner of Grantham Road and Carpenter Street, Garden City, Raiwai Suva, and on the Main Street in Nadi town.

Source: The Fiji Sun

Date: 2nd July 2016

URL: http://fijisun.com.fj/2016/07/02/kia-takes-top-spot-in-2016-jd-power-initial-quality-study/

Kia Takes Top Spot In 2016 JD Power Initial Quality Study

kia

JD Power has recognised Kia brand as the highest scoring nameplate in its 2016 Initial Quality Study out of all 33 makes in the US the past week.

Marking the first time in 27 years that a non-premium brand has topped the rankings, Kia’s rise to the top was driven by segment-leading performances from the Sportage and Soul.

This is while Sorento, Rio and Cerato, all ranked in the top three of their respective categories.

The Korean automaker supplanted Porsche at the top of the list.

Kia Motors America chief operating officer and EVP, Michael Sprague, said: “Ranked highest in the entire industry for initial quality is the result of Kia’s decade-long focus on craftsmanship and continuous improvement.

“It reflects the voice of our customers, which is the ultimate affirmation. As the highest ranked brand in the industry, there is no doubt Kia is a world-class automaker.”

As Kia’s US sales have consistently grown over the last four years to surpass the 600,000 annual unit mark, so too has the brand’s performance in JD Power’s Initial Quality Study.

After entering the overall top 10 for the first time in 2013, Kia placed second in the industry and led all non-premium makes in IQS in 2015.

Now in its 30th year, the annual JD Power IQS analyses responses from vehicle owners in 26 segments.

IQS is determined by vehicle owners evaluating the driving experience, engine and transmission performance, and a broad range of quality-related problems within the first 90 days of ownership.

Distributor here

In Fiji, Kia sales is also ranked amongst the top 3 brands in the new passenger vehicle segment and  is exclusively distributed by Kia Motors Fiji, a Tappoo Group Company.

Tappoo Group chief executive and executive director, Madhu Tappoo, said they were  extremely delighted and overwhelmed.

This was with Kia’s endless achievements and accolades in the Auto industry over the recent years, and being ranked highest against the odds is just phenomenal.

“We are honoured to represent Kia and its design lead and multi award winning vehicles in Fiji,” he said.

“Kia has been known as one of the ‘world’s fastest growing automotive brands’ and now being recognised as the best amongst the 33 automotive makes in the USA speaks a lot about the brand. Surely Kia has the powers to surprise.”

Kia’s hi-tech, design lead, award winning vehicles are available in Fiji from Kia Motors Fiji Showrooms located at the corner of Grantham Road and Carpenter Street, Garden City, Raiwai Suva, and on the Main Street in Nadi town.

Source: The Fiji Sun

Date: 2nd July 2016

URL: http://fijisun.com.fj/2016/07/02/kia-takes-top-spot-in-2016-jd-power-initial-quality-study/

Kia cars ranked among the best

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Kia cars ranked among the best

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The sale of Kia brand vehicles is ranked among the top three brands in Fiji and the recognition from JD Power has added more stars to the brand name.

Distributed exclusively in Fiji by Kia Motors Fiji, which is a Tappoo Group company, Kia is one of the top three brands in the new passenger vehicle segment.

“We are extremely delighted and overwhelmed with Kia’s endless achievements and accolades in the auto industry over the recent years, and being ranked highest against the odds is just phenomenal,” said Tappoo Group CEO and executive director Madhu Tappoo.

“Kia has been known as one of the ‘world’s fastest growing automotive brands’ and now being recognised as the best among the 33 automotive makes in the USA speaks a lot about the brand. Surely Kia has the powers to surprise,” Mr Tappoo added.

A statement from the company yesterday stated Kia Motors reached historic heights when JD Power recognised the brand as the highest scoring nameplate in its 2016 Initial Quality Study (IQS) out of all 33 makes in the US last week.

Wikipedia describes JD Power as an American-based global marketing information services firm that conducts surveys of customer satisfaction, product quality, and buyer behaviour for industries ranging from cars to marketing and advertising firms.

It said they were best known for its customer satisfaction research on new-car quality and long-term dependability.

Source: The Fiji Times

Date: 1st July 2016

URL: http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=360460

Kia cars ranked among the best

kia1

The sale of Kia brand vehicles is ranked among the top three brands in Fiji and the recognition from JD Power has added more stars to the brand name.

Distributed exclusively in Fiji by Kia Motors Fiji, which is a Tappoo Group company, Kia is one of the top three brands in the new passenger vehicle segment.

“We are extremely delighted and overwhelmed with Kia’s endless achievements and accolades in the auto industry over the recent years, and being ranked highest against the odds is just phenomenal,” said Tappoo Group CEO and executive director Madhu Tappoo.

“Kia has been known as one of the ‘world’s fastest growing automotive brands’ and now being recognised as the best among the 33 automotive makes in the USA speaks a lot about the brand. Surely Kia has the powers to surprise,” Mr Tappoo added.

A statement from the company yesterday stated Kia Motors reached historic heights when JD Power recognised the brand as the highest scoring nameplate in its 2016 Initial Quality Study (IQS) out of all 33 makes in the US last week.

Wikipedia describes JD Power as an American-based global marketing information services firm that conducts surveys of customer satisfaction, product quality, and buyer behaviour for industries ranging from cars to marketing and advertising firms.

It said they were best known for its customer satisfaction research on new-car quality and long-term dependability.

Source: The Fiji Times

Date: 1st July 2016

URL: http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=360460

Donated Vehicles Boosts Agriculture Sector

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Donated Vehicles Boosts Agriculture Sector

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The government of India donated two Mahindra vehicles and two tractors worth over $200,000 to the Agriculture sector at the Koronivia Research Station in Nausori yesterday.

Minister for Agriculture, Rural Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu says he is thankful to the government of India for their technical assistance to Fiji.

“I thank and acknowledge the government of India’s support to Fiji under the bilateral development co-operation that was signed in 2006 and has been further extended for another three years.

“We are very pleased with this co-operation to further develop a strong partnership between the two countries through the technical assistance programme,” he said.

“Today I am happy to see the new vehicles added to our fleet which we have waited patiently for.

“The two vehicles will be used solely for the sheep breeding programme under the Animal Health Production Division and the Fiji Agriculture Statistics Unit that are undertaking our statistical survey in order to establish the Ministry’s much needed agriculture statistics.”

Indian High Commissioner to Fiji Vishvas Sapkal said he was happy to be a part of the development process in the agricultural sector of Fiji.

“The machinery handed over today is to help the economy to rise in agriculture sector as Fiji imports and exports various food items and vegetables.

“Agriculture sector in Fiji is a vital part of the economy and when this type of revolutions comes, naturally the production of goods get high which will generate better revenue and grow our economy,” Mr Sapkal said.

Source: The Fiji Sun

Date: June 29 2016

URL: http://fijisun.com.fj/2016/06/29/donated-vehicles-boosts-agriculture-sector/

Donated Vehicles Boosts Agriculture Sector

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The government of India donated two Mahindra vehicles and two tractors worth over $200,000 to the Agriculture sector at the Koronivia Research Station in Nausori yesterday.

Minister for Agriculture, Rural Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu says he is thankful to the government of India for their technical assistance to Fiji.

“I thank and acknowledge the government of India’s support to Fiji under the bilateral development co-operation that was signed in 2006 and has been further extended for another three years.

“We are very pleased with this co-operation to further develop a strong partnership between the two countries through the technical assistance programme,” he said.

“Today I am happy to see the new vehicles added to our fleet which we have waited patiently for.

“The two vehicles will be used solely for the sheep breeding programme under the Animal Health Production Division and the Fiji Agriculture Statistics Unit that are undertaking our statistical survey in order to establish the Ministry’s much needed agriculture statistics.”

Indian High Commissioner to Fiji Vishvas Sapkal said he was happy to be a part of the development process in the agricultural sector of Fiji.

“The machinery handed over today is to help the economy to rise in agriculture sector as Fiji imports and exports various food items and vegetables.

“Agriculture sector in Fiji is a vital part of the economy and when this type of revolutions comes, naturally the production of goods get high which will generate better revenue and grow our economy,” Mr Sapkal said.

Source: The Fiji Sun

Date: June 29 2016

URL: http://fijisun.com.fj/2016/06/29/donated-vehicles-boosts-agriculture-sector/

The start of the Tappoo dynasty

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The start of the Tappoo dynasty

SIGATOKA is the cradle of the Tappoo dynasty. It was in the dusty outback of Sigatoka that the Tappoo Group founder, the late Tappoo Kanji, founded the family business.

Years of sacrifice as a child and later as an apprentice with various employers enabled him to rent a small 10ft by 10ft workshop in a small wooden house from where he hand-made his silver jewellery.

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The late Mr. Tappoo Kanji’s first work shop (10ft x 10ft) in Sigatoka in 1941.

This workshop was his first store, founded 75 years ago on 23rd August 1941. This was the first of his many first-time achievements in Sigatoka.

Today Sigatoka remains the base for one of Tappoo’s magnificent retail department stores. The Tappoo signature blue department complex located alongside the Sigatoka river, opposite the old Sigatoka bridge, is a visual artistry in itself.

Further down from the complex is the Tappoo headquarters, a symbol of the Tappoo Group’s commitment to the township it calls home. It is a sentimental decision that recognises and cherishes their humble beginnings. Their ties, fostered almost 75 years ago, were forged beyond the municipal confines of the township.

They extend deep into the exotic wilderness of Sigatoka, into Kavanagasau and the surrounding villages and settlements.

It is Kavanagasau in the interiors of Sigatoka Valley where the Tappoo founder lived as a 14-year-old child when he first came from India to make Fiji his home.

“It has always been our desire, in accordance with the wishes of our founding father, to commit to our community of Sigatoka,” said Kanti Tappoo, the chairman of the Tappoo Group of Companies and the eldest son of the late founder.

“An integral part of his vision was that the company was a vehicle to do good. We find honour in this.”

He added that the town will always have “a special place in our hearts”.

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Mr Tappoo Kanji and Mrs Ladhiben Tappoo standing in front of their first shop. Photo taken 55 years later

“After all, it has been our home for several generations, and it will be the home base for more generations to come,” said Mr Tappoo, who had served as Sigatoka’s mayor for 14 years.

“The family has always been involved in the town’s development — in capacities where we have been asked to contribute, and in capacities where we have taken the lead after being inspired by others or developments elsewhere,” he said.

This year, Tappoo will partner and support several of the council’s major projects. One notable project would be the construction of the River Bank jetty and beautification of the town.

“These projects recently announced by the council are commendable and will undoubtedly add value to Sigatoka town’s reputation as a tourist destination,” Mr Tappoo said.

“With the rest of the township, we are excited and energised to maintain the authenticity and attraction that is uniquely Sigatoka.”

The Tappoo Group of Companies will commemorate 75 years of its existence on August 23.

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Tappoo Sigatoka Shop (Current )

Source: The Fiji Times June 16 2016 (http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=358327)

The start of the Tappoo dynasty

SIGATOKA is the cradle of the Tappoo dynasty. It was in the dusty outback of Sigatoka that the Tappoo Group founder, the late Tappoo Kanji, founded the family business.

Years of sacrifice as a child and later as an apprentice with various employers enabled him to rent a small 10ft by 10ft workshop in a small wooden house from where he hand-made his silver jewellery.

Fonder picture (600x500)

The late Mr. Tappoo Kanji’s first work shop (10ft x 10ft) in Sigatoka in 1941.

This workshop was his first store, founded 75 years ago on 23rd August 1941. This was the first of his many first-time achievements in Sigatoka.

Today Sigatoka remains the base for one of Tappoo’s magnificent retail department stores. The Tappoo signature blue department complex located alongside the Sigatoka river, opposite the old Sigatoka bridge, is a visual artistry in itself.

Further down from the complex is the Tappoo headquarters, a symbol of the Tappoo Group’s commitment to the township it calls home. It is a sentimental decision that recognises and cherishes their humble beginnings. Their ties, fostered almost 75 years ago, were forged beyond the municipal confines of the township.

They extend deep into the exotic wilderness of Sigatoka, into Kavanagasau and the surrounding villages and settlements.

It is Kavanagasau in the interiors of Sigatoka Valley where the Tappoo founder lived as a 14-year-old child when he first came from India to make Fiji his home.

“It has always been our desire, in accordance with the wishes of our founding father, to commit to our community of Sigatoka,” said Kanti Tappoo, the chairman of the Tappoo Group of Companies and the eldest son of the late founder.

“An integral part of his vision was that the company was a vehicle to do good. We find honour in this.”

He added that the town will always have “a special place in our hearts”.

Tappoo first shop

Mr Tappoo Kanji and Mrs Ladhiben Tappoo standing in front of their first shop. Photo taken 55 years later

“After all, it has been our home for several generations, and it will be the home base for more generations to come,” said Mr Tappoo, who had served as Sigatoka’s mayor for 14 years.

“The family has always been involved in the town’s development — in capacities where we have been asked to contribute, and in capacities where we have taken the lead after being inspired by others or developments elsewhere,” he said.

This year, Tappoo will partner and support several of the council’s major projects. One notable project would be the construction of the River Bank jetty and beautification of the town.

“These projects recently announced by the council are commendable and will undoubtedly add value to Sigatoka town’s reputation as a tourist destination,” Mr Tappoo said.

“With the rest of the township, we are excited and energised to maintain the authenticity and attraction that is uniquely Sigatoka.”

The Tappoo Group of Companies will commemorate 75 years of its existence on August 23.

TAPPOO sigatoka exterior pic, final

Tappoo Sigatoka Shop (Current )

Source: The Fiji Times June 16 2016 (http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=358327)

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