|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.