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About Us

AJP Group boldly creates.

We are proudly entrepreneurial. Given our proven track record and the foundation of our solid businesses carefully built over many years, we have honed that rare knack for recognising opportunities for additional growth. More importantly, at AJP Group we know how to translate opportunities into tangible businesses.

AJP Group quietly serves.

The long-term success and continuity of a privately-owned company such as the AJP Group is largely attributable to the shared vision of the founders, which has been continually translated by our partners and our management team into a clear commitment to the growth and prosperity of the group.

At AJP Group, we have conducted our business for over 20 years according to the principles of fairness and family values. We develop our team members and sponsor the communities we serve. We proudly serve our loyal customers who support us consistently, while maintaining a competitive and ethical culture.

AJP Group constantly grows.

AJP Group’s core business activities are franchised retail businesses, retail property development & management and a growing food division. Our franchised retail businesses include liquor stores, clothing stores, supermarketsand pharmacies within the Pick n Pay franchise. In 2014 we expanded into fuel retail stores with BP, which includes the Express and Wild Bean brands. It goes without saying that we continually seek opportunities to extend our retail network.

Our retail property investments retain their dominance within their respective trade areas because we understand our market and follow a strategy of leveraging the symbiosis between property and retail.

AJP Food incorporates coffee shops, in-store supermarket food kiosks, a biltong production centre, a specialised bakery production operation and the Qualitas food brand.

Our Team

Alexander Baladakis

Alexander Baladakis (C. Eng. M. I. Struct E) - Chairman

With a background in structural engineering, Alexander started his first supermarket in 1982. He has held various directorships within the Spar Group in South Africa and was named as Mr Spar City in 1987. Mr Alex, as he is affectionately known, has dedicated the past 20 years to the Pick n Pay brand. He served as a member of the SAE International Business Committee from 2003 to 2006 and received the Franchise Legend Award from Pick n Pay in 2012.

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John Baladakis

John Baladakis (B.Comm) - Chief Executive Officer

John gained some experience with Spar supermarkets before joining the Pick n Pay group as a franchisee in what was AJP Group’s first Pick n Pay store. He has served on a number of forums at Pick n Pay as well as on the Pick n Pay CEO’s Advisory Committee. He has been named as Pick n Pay Franchise Legend. John is the author of A Franchisee’s Perspective and has been called upon to share his perspective as a franchisee on many platforms. He has served in various leadership capacities in community and charity organisations. In 2015 he was elected as the Chairman of the Franchise Association of South Africa (FASA). Presented with the Pick n Pay Chairman's Award in 2017

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Peter Baladakis

Peter Baladakis (B. Compt Honours) - Chief Operations Officer

Peter’s background in financial management and auditing was gained at BKR South Africa and is a valuable asset to the AJP Group. As COO, Peter runs the Group’s retail division and was named as winner of Pick n Pay’s Store of the Year (Gauteng) in 2005. He is currently serving as a member of Pick n Pay CEO’s Advisory Committee and was named Franchise Legend by Pick n Pay in 2012. Presented with the Pick n Pay Chairman's Award in 2017

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John Philippou

John Philippou (B.Comm; MAP) - Foods

JP, as he is known, joined the group in 2012 with 28 years of experience in the hospitality food sector. He has owned several food businesses and worked with the nino’s group for 23 years, where he played an integral role in helping to establish the brand nationwide.

JP serves in various leadership positions within the Hellenic community and is a strategist by nature.

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Terry Ferreira

Terry Ferreira - General Manager: Retail

Terry has been in the Pick n Pay fold since 1977 and was involved in all aspects of the organisation, including the management of hypermarkets. He owned his own successful Pick n Pay franchise outlet. Terry joined the AJP Group after selling his business. His broad experience in the retail food industry is greatly valued and he is known for offering progressive insights.

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Mogale Abdul

Abdul Mogale (Journalism Diploma) - GM: AJP Fuel

Abdul currently runs BP Elgin and together with the AJP Fuel team, is pursuing an ambitious expansion of the brand in other locations. Prior to joining AJP Fuel, Adbul served the ANC and the people of Ekurhuleni in a number of leadership roles including Member of Mayoral Council (MMC) for Economic Development and ANC Chief Whip in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Council.

Abdul vividly remembers completing Grade 2 in rural Limpopo under a Marula tree, writing on a slate. Abdul obtained a number of qualifications and is currently pursuing an MBA.

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