With the success of the general stores in the resorts and hotels in the West, the family felt it was time to branch out into downtown retailing with its first flagship store in Main St, Nadi under the name and style of SOGO FIJI. It became an instant hit with both tourists and locals who found a new dimension in shopping with many ?got to have? products in trendy fashion and resort wear, accessories and souvenirs under the one roof. Exciting, colourful and instantly popular with its modern , fresh outlook that was unparalleled to anything else the market had to offer at that time, SOGO FIJI expanded to the capital city of Suva, the coastal town of Sigatoka and the country’s second city Lautoka.
Concurrently, expansion continued in the hospitality arena where Tiara won rights to operate General stores and boutique stores at almost all major resorts in the country, including the Departure and Transit ÿLounges at Nadi International Airport.
In February 2006, Tiara Enterprises Limited envisioned a future with another successful business house in Fiji, the Tappoo Group, and a joint venture was struck between the two families. Tiara Enterprises Limited transferred all its retail outlets , and Tappoos, all it’s resort owned shops, to a Tappoo subsidiary company, BULOW INVESTMENTS LIMITED .
Tappoos’ formidable buying power, ÿtheir state of the art pos systems and back of house supervisory and internal audit functions combined with the Raniga’s trading history and community leadership were some key factors in both family companies synergizing into Fiji?s first specialist tourism retailer at premium hotels and resorts.