1932 Tappoo Group founder, Mr Tappoo Kanji, came to Fiji from India
1941 First hand-crafted jewelry workshop opened in Sigatoka town
1966 First duty free shop opened in Sigatoka
1975 First branch shop at the Fijian Resort Hotel in Sigatoka.
1982 First branch shop outside Sigatoka, in Nadi town
1990 Acquisition of first Wholesale/ Distribution agency – Cadbury
1991 First Airport duty free shop, Arrivals Duty Free at Nadi International Airport
1996 First duty free departure shop at Nadi International Airport.
2004 First Manufacturing operation – Pepsi bottling
2004 First Hotel acquisition – Mercure Hotel, Nadi
2008 Life Time Achievement Award to Tappoo Group Chairman Mr Kanti Tappoo
2008 Fiji Tourism Services Award for Tourism Excellence awarded to Tappoo Group
2009 First motor vehicle dealership – KIA Motors
2009 Opening Of TappooCity shopping mall in capital city, Suva
2013 2nd motor vehicle dealership – Mahindra
2013 Mobil fuel sites & convenience retail operation
2013 General Sales Agent for Qantas in Fiji
2014 Ground-breaking for proposed TappooCity shopping mall in Lautoka City
2015 marks 74 years of operations in Fiji for Tappoo Group. It commemorates a triumphant transition from the Group’s retail beginnings to a multi-interest business concern annexing wholesaling, manufacturing and expats to its strong retail infrastructure.

Kanji Tappoo – Founder

The Tappoo Group of Companies traces its origins back to a single store. When founder, Tappoo Kanji, the father and grandfather to present directors, established his small goldsmith business, handcrafting small pieces of jewellery himself in Sigatoka in 1941, he had no idea that he was laying the foundations of a business that, within a generation, would be one of the largest in Fiji.

By 1964, Tappoo had grown his business to an extent where he could venture boldly into Duty Free trading, a competitive segment which was becoming the hallmark of tourism in Fiji. In the same year, Tappoo’s eldest son, Kanti took over as Managing Director of the concern.

The growing retail strength of the organisation paved the way for Tappoo to enter the domestic Wholesale distribution market. The perception of Tappoo as a retailer of only the finest, authentic products continues to pay dividends in establishing new products into the Fiji domestic market.


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