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Tappoo Group Opens $4.5m Service Station in Nadi

  A new Tappoo Group-owned $4.5 million Mobil Service Station, earmarked to cater for drivers that frequent the Nadi-Lautoka corridor, opened in Sabeto yesterday. The service station opened  for service
18 Mar 2018 10:00
Tappoo Group Opens $4.5m Service Station in Nadi
Tappoo Sabeto Service Station Photo: Charles Chambers

 

A new Tappoo Group-owned $4.5 million Mobil Service Station, earmarked to cater for drivers that frequent the Nadi-Lautoka corridor, opened in Sabeto yesterday.

The service station opened  for service to customers after a pooja ceremony.

Executive Directors, Suresh and Kaushal Tappoo, both attended the opening ceremony.

Mr Kaushal Tappoo said the Nadi-Lautoka corridor lacked a modern service station that could serve as a genuine pit stop for drivers.

“We felt that it should not only be the service station but the experience of stopping to purchase at a well-stocked shop,” Mr Tappoo said.

“The Sabeto area is a very big area so we looked at the opportunity of setting up something special and modern here for the people.”

The Tappoo Group began acquiring service stations in 2013.

However, this is the first of new Mobil service stations they are developing.

The company now has 14 service stations, with two more – in Lautoka and Sigatoka – set to open soon.

By the end of this year, Mr Tappoo hopes to have around 17 service stations in operation around the country.

The Mobile Sabeto Service Station is part of a complex that was bought by Tappoo  from investment corporation, Midwest Development.

Prior to the acquisition, there were many pauses in the construction of the complex.

The service station area was also damaged during Cyclone Winston in 2016.

Mr Tappoo said the other part of the complex contained eight outlets, while another for a supermarket.

“There has been a demand for food outlets, supermarkets and other businesses but we are still working on it,” Mr Tappoo said.

“We are actually still thinking about what was the best mix in as far as the businesses that were to be opened here with the community.

“At this stage we have marked a supermarket and some takeaways from the complex and we also have a pharmacy outlet that is interested.”

Mr Tappoo said they would be looking at a local supermarket chain but did say there was flexibility in what businesses would be chosen.

“We need to see what the demand is but the priority was to get the service station opened,” he said.

The service station will employ around 15 .Initial opening hours are from 6.30am each day till 10.30pm.

Mr Tappoo said they may extend the hours on the weekends and would consider running it for 24 hours.

Edited by Sheldon Chanel

Feedback:  charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

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