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In 1920 Mr. Anastassios G. Leventis, a young man from Cyprus, came to Nigeria to work as an employee of a trading company. In 1937 he set up his own business and he was later joined by his younger brother Mr. C. P. Leventis. Initially, their business was in the export of agricultural products, the importation and sale of textiles and other commodities. In the early 1950s, they started the business into:
• Retail stores: Departmental Super Stores throughout Nigeria.