Salvo Grima History

  • Salvatore Grima

    Origins, 1860

    Salvatore Grima acquires the British ship chandling firm McDowall & Co after working there for several years. He sets up Salvo Grima & Sons. 

  • Michael Grima

    The Second Generation, 1905

    Salvatore Grima remained in office as Managing Director until 1905. He was succeeded by his son, Michael Grima, who remained at the helm until 1935.

  • Victor Grima

    Succession, 1935

    Michael Grima’s son Victor L.Grima takes over the company, subsequently passing it on to his five children: Vida Naudi, Mona Aquilina, Vera Aquilina Clews, Countess Enid Preziosi and JoJo P Grima. Upon his retirement, his daughter Vera Aquilina Clews runs the firm.

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    Medina Offshore Services, 1983

    Salvo Grima Group set up Medina Offshore Services with the purpose of supplying products and services to the oil and gas industry in Libya.

  • Valletta duty free outlet

    Duty Free, 1984

    Salvo Grima Group enters the travel retail market with the Malta’s first duty-free outlet at the Valletta Harbour, providing a range of tobaccos, spirits, perfumes, skincare, cosmetics and electronic items.

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    Tripoli Duty Free, 1992

    Salvo Grima Group opens the Sabratha shop in the Tripoli International Airport as part of a four-way partnership between Maltese, German and Libyan partners.

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    Industrial Logistics Warehouse, 1992

    Salvo Grima Group was the first company to establish an industrial logistics warehouse within the Warehousing Distripark of the Freeport in 1992, just a few years after the port itself was opened.

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    Duty Free at Malta International Airport, 1992

    Salvo Grima Group opens a skincare beauty and cosmetics duty free outlet at the Malta International Airport.

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    New Premises, 2003

    Salvo Grima Group changes premises for the first time since Salvatore Grima began using 12, Barriera Wharf, Valletta. The company now operates from 187, Pinto House, Wine pressers Wharf, Marsa.

  • Super Yacht Supplies, 2003

    Also this year, Salvo Grima sets up a division to cater exclusively to the needs of superyachts.

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    Travel Retail Outlets open in Spain, 2014

    Salvo Grima Group opens four duty-free shops in the Palma De Mallorca Cruise Terminals, serving 1.4 million travelers every year.

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    Acquisition of Vladex BV, 2015

    Salvo Grima Group acquires Dutch wholesale firm Vladex BV based in Middleharnis, close to Rotterdam and Antwerp.

  • Karl Aquilina

    New CEO for Salvo Grima Group, 2016

    Salvo Grima Group appoints Karl Aquilina as Chief Executive Officer in April 2016. Karl is part of the sixth generation of the Grima family.

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