J. Astaphan & Co. Ltd. has a long and storied history in the world of retail. We have been pioneers in the industry for many years and are known for taking innovative steps. We are very proud of our achievements and all the people who led us here.
Established by Joseph Astaphan
This was the time when we started our company. We had no idea how far we would go, we weren’t even sure that we would be able to survive for a few years. What drove us to start the company was the understanding that we could provide a service no one else was providing.
Expanded into the exporting of dried vanilla beans, vegetables, cocoa and bay-oil etc.
The company very quickly expanded first into the exporting of dried vanilla beans, vegetables, cocoa and bay-oil etc. to other Caribbean Islands, North America and Europe, then into the Hardware, Textile, Appliance, Furniture and Automobile Trade, as well as becoming Ship’s Agents and Tour Operators.
Waddy Astaphan, joined the family business
This was the first period when J. Astaphan & Co. Ltd. actually felt like it would stick around for a while. We realized we were growing more stable and expanding at the same time. We needed a new office as we had severely outgrown the last one. We started scouting for a new location.
Hurricane David Devastation
On Wednesday, 29 August, 1979, hurricane David struck the island of Dominica. Winds of very high velocity, and torrential rain for more than 8 hours caused untold devastation to J. Astaphan & Co. Ltd.