The History of Our Company
Vinod Patel & Co. Ltd is a family business, named after the founder of the company, the eldest brother of a family originating from Ba town in Fiji. Vinod Patel left school at the age of 16 to work so that his earnings could go towards supplementing the family’s income. Less than a year later, his younger brother Umakant Patel left school and joined the workforce for the same reason. After working at hardware stores in Ba and nearby towns, the brothers thought it was time that they had a business of their own.
In April 1962, the first Vinod Patel store was inaugurated in Ba Town. As other brothers joined the business, the company decided to expand. In 1965, a second branch was opened in Rakiraki, a town without any hardware store. From then on, there was no turning back. It was a matter of seeking out opportunity and working hard to make it a success.
Today, Vinod Patel & Company Limited is Fiji’s leading supplier of Hardware & Building Materials and is among the largest Hardware companies in the South Pacific. The company has 14 branches and sales offices located in all major towns and cities: CenterPoint, Suva, Nausori, Korovou, Labasa, Taveuni, Pacific Harbour, Sigatoka, Nadi, Lautoka, Ba, Tavua, Rakiraki and Kadavu.
VPCL employs over 1,300 people and is an equal opportunity employer. We have a product range of more than 25,000 items ranging from Hardware, Building Materials, Tools, Plumbing & Sanitaryware, Tiles, Paints, Electrical, Industrial Equipment, Homeware and Gardening.
The first store in BA in year 1962
The Ba store in 1966
Company Founder Mr. Vinod Patel laying foundation in 1972 for one of the stores.
The Vinod Patel team in 1979
The Vinod Patel team at one of the construction sites in Western Division
The inauguration of Vinod Patel’s third store at Nadi, 1994.
Vinod Patel’s Float at the Hibiscus festival, Suva 1983.
The Vinod Patel Suva City store in 1986
Our flagship store Centerpoint XL at Laucala Beach Estate, Nasinu, 2018.